36 page Back to School Activity Pack!
Here is what is included:
**All About Me: Have your students complete this graphic organizer as a fun, learning activity. Great for an ice breaker or ‘Get To Know Your Classmates’ activity. This can also be used mid-year or at the end of the year to compare! Included: 1 page with categories provided (color & B/W), 1 template page for teachers or students to customize (color & B/W), and 1 page in sentence format. Use the template page to have students predict or decide what someone might want to know about them. You can also use the template page (or the pre-made page) as an interview activity...have students interview each other from their new Speech group, classroom, or other classrooms/Buddy activities. Both Color and Black/White copies included. Any of these pages are great for Star Student or Student of the Week activities, or if new students come to your class!
**A Note to Me: Have students write a note or letter to themselves (any topic: what the student wants to work on, positive words of encouragement, what the student thinks they will be like in the future, etc). Repeat the activity in the future (next month, each quarter/trimester, at the end of the year, etc). Discuss how the students have changed or if predictions came true (ex: learning to read, learning to ride their bike, movies they might see, etc). ***Print multiple copies to make a ‘journal’ or book for more frequent entries. **Both Color and Black/White copies included.
Summer Summary Writing: 2 different graphic organizers/webs for students to map out their summer. Students add key words about their summer to the maps/webs. 1 basic map (just key details of summer) and 1 more detailed map to expand their thoughts. Follow-up writing paper included, 2 different line widths for different writers. You can use the map with the writing paper for a complete activity. Tip: Add a describing word to the title (My _________ Summer!).
**Word Cloud (Describing) for Summer and School: 2 different describing pages: My Summer and School theme. Students must list items that ‘go with’ and/or describe the topic. Students should try to fill the page with words that describe their summer and/or school. Color and B/W versions of each.
**Making Summer Memories and Making School Memories: 1 page of Summer Memories and 1 page of Making School Memories. Summer Memories is intended for past tense, while School Memories is intended for future tense. Students write three Summer Memories, with details, and draw 3 pictures or symbols. For School Memories, students write 3 memories they predict or think they will make during the year, along with 3 pictures. Great for contrasting past and future tense. You can also save the School Memories for mid or end of the year to check the students’ predictions!
**How Many Words Can You Make?: 2 pre-made pages, 2 Create Your Own (6 total pages: Color & B/W copies included). Students brainstorm and try to form words from 2 different phrases: Welcome Back to School and Learning is Fun! Students write the words on the lines below. Great activity for individual or partner work. This would be a great activity to use during Speech/Language sessions (in between turns during articulation practice, etc), a fun homework activity to send home for teachers, or an interactive buddy activity, etc. For the Create Your Own templates, add your own phrases and/or words, ex: the school name, etc.
**Get-To-Know-You Question Strips: 15 strips with questions, plus 3 strips without questions to add your own questions. Cut the questions apart, put in a pile, and have students take turns answering questions. You can decide: Do students pick random questions? Does each student answer each question? Ideas: Group students in pairs, put all of the questions in basket, and have the students ask each other questions. At the end of the activity, each student should share 2-3 pieces of information that they learned about their partner. Also great for small group Speech groups working on conversation skills!
**Friendly Scavenger Hunt: 3 pages included (9 boxes per page), plus one Create Your Own. Use this activity to get students moving around the room, asking each other questions, and doing different activities (jumping jacks, singing a song). This activity is great for an “ice breaker” at the start of the year, or a Buddy Class activity...or a Brain Break activity between lessons. Also great for small group Speech groups working on conversation skills! Students should not write the same name more than twice to keep them moving around, asking questions, etc. Share the results as a group when you are done!
**Would You Rather…: 3 pages with 9 questions each, plus 1 Create Your Own page to add your own questions. Pose fun questions to students. Cut apart the question strips, add the questions to a bucket/basket, have students take turns picking questions to answer. This can be done in a large group, in small groups, or with partners. Great for a quick Brain Break, an ice breaker activity, or for a buddy activity with other classes! Also great for small group Speech groups working on conversation skills!
**Can You Find Me?: 1 page, 18 items. Students look for common items in a classroom or around the school that fit different descriptions, ex: ‘find something that is sharp’ could be a pencil or scissors. Other descriptions: tall, soft, has many pages, made from metal, cold, etc. Students or class can compare answers after the scavenger hunt it done. Can be a good lesson to discuss attributes. Also great for a quick Brain Break between lessons! Students can work alone or in pairs/groups.
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Created by: J. Callaway, M.S., CCC-SLP
Clipart by: MyCuteGraphics.com