Back to school activities to go with the most perfect first day of school book ever, You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt. Filled with high engagement, creative first week activities, this adorable resource gives you and your new students a full and fun first week of school! Included are getting to know you and all about me activities, icebreakers, an adorable class anchor chart, roam the room game, goal setting writing craft and a printable booklet where students explain what took them so long to get to your class! This unit is also available in a French version.
I’ve also included printables and journal writing prompts for you to introduce students to journal routines, take a beginning of the year writing baseline and begin to teach your routine for working with a partner. Intended for Grades 1-3, some of the activities may be adapted for Kindergarten.
The included back to school bulletin board doubles as a first day photo booth backdrop with signs students hold for grades K-4 (including Canadian and Australian grade levels.). I’ve even included student gift tags/desk notes to welcome your class on the first day of school!
Here’s how I use it:
The very impatient bunny of a book character is waiting and waiting for his readers! When they finally arrive he is overjoyed! I use the book as a first day of school read aloud and convince my new class that, just like the book character, I've been waiting, and waiting, and WAITING for them to arrive! Priceless responses follow when I ask, very dramatically, “What took you so long?”. Every year my class LOVES the book and all the activities and I know yours will too!
Included in the download:
-Class anchor chart with chart parts
-What Took You So Long? student writing booklet
-Almost, Pretty Soon, Until, Finally- All About Me printable
-Journal Prompts for introducing journal routines and taking a baseline writing sample
-The Bored Game- Icebreaker game for partners or teams with spinner and recording sheet.
-How Long? Hop- Roam the Room Activity that can also be used as task cards
-Student photo writing craft and bulletin board display with ideas and templates for a Meet the Teacher Night preview
-I’m Finally Here Goal Setting Craft and classroom display title sign
-First Day Desk Notes and additional gift tags
-First day writing activity for taking a writing sample or baseline
-I'm Finally Here! Photo booth signs for first day photos and keepsake cards (Grades K-4 signs included
-Australian and Canadian grade level signs Prep Year-Year 4, and Grade 1-Grade 4
Please download the preview for a closer look.
Looking for the book?
This book is wildly popular and sells out quickly in the US but is available on Amazon Canada. It's super easy to set up an account and order from Amazon Canada. PLUS, the dollar exchange rate works greatly in our favor and their shipping is quick. I order copies every year for gifts and giveaways and the shipping has been 8 or 9 days each time. (That's faster than Kohl's! Ha! ) Be sure to check your school and local library too!
CLICK HERE for You're Finally Here! on Amazon Canada
CLICK HERE to see how I use this unit in my classroom! See this resource in action during our first week of school!
Happy teaching and have a wonderful new school year!
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