## Back To School Ideas: H Is For Home

1-2-3 Come Make A Shape House With Me!

Since the last "my home" craftivity was so popular, I decided to whip together another social studies lesson you can use when you're studying family and neighborhoods.  It's also a fun way to get to know your new students.

Completed projects make an adorable back-to-school bulletin board, and are a nice "icebreaker" for the first week of school, when students are getting to know about their new classmates.

So that math is also covered, I've included all of the 2D standard shapes that children can use to decorate and "build" their home with. Common Core State Standards: K.G.1, K.G.2, K.G.3, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 1.G.3 can all be covered.

Remind students that 2D shapes are flat shapes. (Lying on a plane.) You can make templates of the shapes using an old file folder.

Have a room helper trace once and then cut out 5-6 at a time, or you can print off the masters, rough cut, and have students trim up their own pieces.

Provide lots of colors, so you can review those as well.  You'll also have a nice variety of different looking houses.

I've designed the square windows in such a way, that you can review small, medium and large, as well as fractions: a whole is "cut" in 1/2 and then into 1/4ths to make the windowpanes.

To cover this standard, encourage students to draw windowpane lines on the shapes that they are using for windows.

Be sure to make a sample for yourself to help explain what you want students to do. Have children share their homes, pointing out which shapes they used.

To reinforce more of the shape standard, encourage them to use spatial direction words as well.  i.e. "My rectangle door is beside the window.  The square window is under the triangle roof." etc.

If you are working on CCSS fractions, students should also use the vocabulary whole, half and fourth when explaining their window shapes.  If "Knows their address." is a standard in your school, you can have students write theirs in the middle of the H.

Cutting their school photo into an oval and having them "peek" out a window, adds pizzazz.  Click on the link to view/download H Is For House shape craftivity.

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## Back To School Ideas: My Home Icebreaker

1-2-3 Come Do A Social Studies Icebreaker With Me!

"My Home" is a quick and easy "craftivity" perfect for those studying about neighborhoods or families, or use as a sweet icebreaker for the first week of school, as it's a wonderful way to get to know your new students.

You can also do this for an easy activity that parents can work on with their child during your Open House.  Completed projects make a wonderful back to school bulletin board.

If you send a "welcome to school" summer letter out, you could also include the house pattern in that, or send it home the first day of school. Children take home, complete and bring back the next day to share with their new classmates.

What an interesting and fun way for them to learn about each other, which also gives them practice sharing in front of the class.  So your kiddos get to know a bit about their teacher, make sure to do one for yourself to use as an example.

Here's What To Do:  Students write their family's last name at the top, write the number of members in their family and then draw a picture of them.

Inform children to label their drawing to tell who is represented.  Let them know that they can include pets as well.

Children glue a photgraph of themselves in the window. For the door, students complete the writing prompt "My favoirte room is..." and then explain why.

Some schools still have "knows their address" as a standard, so I've included a window for that as well.

Children color their house the appropriate color and cut it out.  After students share their homes, make a classroom "neighborhood" as a bulletin board.

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