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Back to School for Big Kids! {Beginning of the Year Activities}

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

After MANY requests, I finally converted my "Fun with Firsties" and "Super in Second" packs into a similar pack for the intermediate grades! {The activities are the same except for very minor changes!}

Potential customers, PLEASE NOTE: I do NOT teach grades 3-5 and have NOT taught grades 3-5. These are very basic activities that are pretty easy to accomplish the first few weeks of school. The purpose of these activities is to build classroom relationships, establish rapport with your kiddos, and define the responsibilities and expectations of the grade you teach :)

With that said, PLEASE download and view the preview and ask any and all questions before you make a purchase!


-First Day of School Survey {p.3-4}
-Jitter Juice poem & activities {p.5-9}
-Activity Instructions {p.10}
-Find-A-Friend Icebreaker Game {p.11-13}
-New Friends class Book Cover {p.14}
-My New Friend Partner Activity {p.15}
-The Night Before The First Day of School Writing Activity {p.16}
-Activity Instructions {p.17}
-3rd/4th/5th Whole Group Tree Map Labels and Individual Tree Map {p.18-24}
-New Grade and Previous Grade Double Bubble Map Whole Group Labels and Individual Double Bubble Map {25-32}
-______ grade is ______! Journal Prompts {p.33-35}
-My First Week of ______ Grade Book {p.36-42}
-What�s In A ______ Grader�s Backpack Activity {p.43-50}
-Acknowledgements and TOU {p.51}
-Thank You! {p.52}

*There are versions of activities for grades 3-5 for a few activities.
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On  July 28, 2013Christine Lyons (TpT Seller) asked:
I love the jitter juice idea. Do you think the book 1st day jitters is too young for 4th graders? I'd like to read it to them the first day and have the jitter juice but I don't want them to think I'm treating them like 1st graders.
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On  August 1, 2013Babbling Abby answered:
I think it would be fine! If anything, I would use it to create some discussion about being nervous and how everyone is in the same boat :)
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On  July 11, 2013,  Buyer asked:
I figured it out! Thanks for the product!
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On  July 16, 2013Babbling Abby answered:
Glad you got it!
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On  July 11, 2013,  Buyer asked:
This is the first time I have purchased anything...I think I purchased the beginning of the year of upper grades yet I cant seem to find the product. What am I doing wrong?Thanks Tammy
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On  July 16, 2013Babbling Abby answered:
Look under "My Purchases" and the download can be found there :)
On  September 4, 2012Regina Ellard (TpT Seller) asked:
I cant seem to find your Super in Second Packet yet I did see it when i was on the site earlier. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I'd like to purchase it.

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Regina
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On  September 5, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
It's there! Check out this link: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Super-in-Second-Beginning-of-the-Year-Activities-for-2nd-Grade Have a great day :)
On  September 2, 2012Kimberley Stefan (TpT Seller) asked:
Hi I just purchased this and when I download it, lots of the pages are blurred where the text is or text is missing completely. For example, table of contents is all blurred and where there should be text are random black dashes and same with on several of the activity pages. If this can't be fixed can I please be reimbursed?
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On  September 3, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
The most common error is mistakenly opening and printing from "preview" in Adobe. Here's what typically works for most customers:

This is easy to fix, so no worries! If you are a Mac user, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader X. If doing that doesn't work, try these options: - If you're a Mac user, switch browsers (i.e. if you're currently opening in Firefox, try opening in Internet Explorer or Safari) - Make sure you check Adobe under "open with" to verify that that Adobe is the program you're using to open the document and not "preview" - Try opening the document from an entirely different computer (open directly from TpT) Please let me know if any of these option help and, if they don't, you'll have to contact TpT for a refund (sellers don't handle anything money-related). Let me know if there's anything else I can do on my end to make this right! Thanks again for your purchase and have a great day!
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On  August 27, 2012,  Buyer asked:
I have downloaded the latest version of Acrobat Reader X as was suggested, but when I download the document, it was still blurry and the smudge-like marks are still there. I also tried using a different browser and still the results are the same. This is very disappointing.
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On  August 29, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
Hi, Mary! I'm sure you're disappointed, but this isn't a seller's error :( There's nothing I can do on my end to help you download it correctly, besides giving you the same advice I give all my customers that have download difficulties. Usually, the smudges are a result of opening the document in "preview" in Adobe, instead of actually opening/downloading/saving the document. You can always contact TpT directly for assistance or a refund, but I've had hundreds of successful downloads. So sorry! Wish there was more I could do!
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On  August 26, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Why are there black smudge-like marks on many pages? It seems like the words were blotted out.
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On  August 26, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
The most common error is mistakenly opening and printing from "preview" in Adobe. Here's what typically works for most customers:

This is easy to fix, so no worries! If you are a Mac user, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader X. If doing that doesn't work, try these options: - If you're a Mac user, switch browsers (i.e. if you're currently opening in Firefox, try opening in Internet Explorer or Safari) - Make sure you check Adobe under "open with" to verify that that Adobe is the program you're using to open the document and not "preview" - Try opening the document from an entirely different computer (open directly from TpT) Please let me know if any of these option help and, if they don't, you'll have to contact TpT for a refund (sellers don't handle anything money-related). Let me know if there's anything else I can do on my end to make this right! Thanks again for your purchase and have a great day!
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On  August 24, 2012,  Buyer asked:
I LOVE all of your products! What programs do you use to create them?
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On  August 25, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
PowerPoint :)
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On  August 19, 2012,  Buyer asked:
I am unable to open the back to school for big kids that I purchased. It opens but will not go past the first page. It has an error message. I downloaded it again and it does the same thing. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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On  August 19, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
Hmmmm, this may be an issue to address with TpT directly. I would shoot them an email to ask for advice. Please let me know if there's anything I can do on my end to help :)
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On  August 13, 2012,  Charlene L. asked:
Are you a classroom teacher this upcoming school year. I thought you were going to become a reading teacher or coach.

I am a reading teacher and look for ideas on how to set up a small reading room.
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On  August 13, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
You're correct, Shinka! So excited to take on a new role :) I just posted pics of my room on my blog, but it's not a "reading room" specifically. Happy back to school!
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On  July 31, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Every year I read First Day Jitters on the first day of school! Any way to purchase just the "Jitter Juice poem & activities"? Thank you for your time!
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On  August 1, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
I'm considering it! Thanks for the suggestion :)
On  July 8, 2012Sarah Glover (TpT Seller) asked:
Hi Abby! I teach third grade and would really like to do the Jitter Juice on the first day. Is there anyway I could just purchase that selection from the Big Kids pack? Thanks and my e-mail is sarah_nicole@hotmail.com

Sarah
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On  July 9, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
Sorry, it's not available except through the activity pack :)
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On  July 6, 2012,  Buyer asked:
I can't find my download for this product. I don't believe I downloaded it. I can only find the preview download. Could you help me please?
Thanks,
Angie Griffeth
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On  July 9, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
Hi, Angie! There is a tab on your dashboard that says "My Purchases" where you should be able to download the product :)
On  May 21, 2012Nicole Shelby (TpT Seller) asked:
Hi Abby,

I purchased your Back to School for Big Kids unit. I was going to use my closing day to get ahead on some copying for the beginning of the school year and found some mistakes in the unit. For the school house activity, all but one of the "signs" says "My first week of first school," and the word "of" was left off of the school house sign itself. Can you correct this for me please and let me know when it is ready to redownload? Thanks so much!

~Nicole
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On  May 22, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
Yes! Of course! You'll receive an email from TpT when the new one is uploaded :) So sorry about that!
On  May 21, 2012Michelle Cassady (TpT Seller) asked:
Hello Abby,
I e-mailed you last Wednesday, but I did not receive a response, so I am going to try here. I purchased this unit, however, I have found a few mistakes. All but one of the "signs" says "My first week of first school," and the word "of" was left off of the school house. Can you let me know when this has been corrected so that I can redownload? Thanks!
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On  May 22, 2012Babbling Abby answered:
Yes! Of course! You'll receive an email from TpT when the new one is uploaded :) So sorry about that!
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Back to School for Big Kids! {Beginning of the Year Activities}
Back to School for Big Kids! {Beginning of the Year Activities}
Back to School for Big Kids! {Beginning of the Year Activities}