1-2-3 Come Do a Back to School Icebreaker With Me!
Nowadays, our classrooms are filled with lots of diversity, which sometimes makes starting a new school year a bit scary.
I truly believe that making the time to do some “get to know you” activities the first few days of school, is so very important in building community, camaraderie and a team spirit.
Once those things are established, children build friendships. That bond helps them enjoy school more, learn better and feel safer.
Discipline problems are lessened as well because of mutual feelings of genuine caring and respect.
With that in mind, I designed this super-fun icebreaker craftivity, I call it, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, which not only helps everyone get to know each other, but also practices writing skills in a fun way.
I find that students truly enjoy sharing things about themselves.
A bonus is that completed projects also make an awesome back to school bulletin board as well.
I’ve included a variety of posters, for your display.
There's also a nice selection of "Don't judge a book by its cover", thought-provoking photo posters.
Use them as an attention grabbing way to introduce the lesson, or jump start a discussion of why it’s important not to prejudge others.
Later, sprinkle them throughout your display of children's book stacks.
As another discussion starter, I've also included a set of 4, interesting quote cards. These too, can become part of your display.
So that this idea works for a variety of grades, ages and skill levels, I’ve included patterns for lower elementary kiddos, as well as patterns for older students.
There are 6 young boy "topper" options, along with 6 for girls.
Patterns come in black & white so students can color them. I've also included several in color, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.
This "topper" sits on a stack of books.
Each book features a "favorite" writing prompt. Such as favorite food, animal, color etc.
Making this a quick, easy and a super-fun way to get to know your students.
Younger kiddos can dictate their answers to a parent, which makes this an interesting activity to do during your open house or "Meet the Teacher" night.
There are also 2 options for “teacher toppers” so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share. Students love learning things about their new teachers.
For older students there's a taller stack of books, with a pattern for a boy as well as a girl.
These come with "favorites" book headers, as well as a pattern where the books are numbered, so you can taylor your questions for your own class.
I've included a list of ideas you can choose from, to help design your own categories.
Simply peruse my list, circle your favorite 14, then number them.
After students have colored, cut and assembled ther book stack, read the first item you want them to write down on the first book: ie. "What is your favorite movie? "
For extra writing practice, I've also included several writing prompt worksheets.
Because "Don't judge a book by its cover" and "I can read them like a book" are idioms, be sure and take that teachable moment to explain what that term means.
I've included some definition posters to assist you.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a set of two coloring pages, inspired by two of my all-time favorite back to school books: "The Kissing Hand" and "Chrysanthemum".
Use them for a few minutes of sanity-saving time. While children are engaged and happily coloring, you 're freed up for a bit.
Plus, kiddos have a nice little something to bring home to share with their families.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Our weather here in Michigan has been absolutely gorgeous! Feeling very blessed.
Wishing you a stress free and very relaxing day.
"Life seems to begin all over again during the summer." - Unknown
Who Ya Gonna Tell? Bullybusters!
Is your school a bully free zone? Do you need some materials? You’ve landed on the right spot.
I’ve designed 3 “No Bullying” posters + a matching booklet called Bullybusters.
Ghostbusters was of course my inspiration. I actually played the song while I worked on the pages!
It’s an easy reader, as I’ve used lots of words from the Dolch word list + tossed in some rhyme.
Students trace and then write the person-word that they should tell, followed by coloring a picture of them.
Make the booklet even more special by giving students your photo. They glue it in the teacher’s square.
Make copies of the students’ pictures as well, so they can choose a friend’s school picture for that part of the booklet.
I’ve also included a worksheet that defines the various kinds of bullying + a Pledge Badge, that they receive after they sign the contract on the last page of the booklet.
Click on the link to view/download the Bullybuster booklet.
Click on the link to view/download the No Bullying Posters.
Since the booklet was so popular today, I also made a certificate, 2 badges, a contract for all of your students to sign and a bookmark, and added them to this article this evening.
If you're interested in those items click on the link. No Bullying "Stuff".
I hope you find these anti-bullying things helpful and that your students enjoy becoming Bullybusters!
Thanks for visiting! Do try and pop back tomorrow for more teaching tips and feel free to PIN anything that you feel might be helpful to others.