Back to School Reading with Friends Display and Class Book

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  1. This bundle of back to school literacy and math activities for first grade includes everything you’ll need to get your learners off to a strong start at the beginning of the school year! These resources are a great way for you to bring your students back up to speed, to review, and to informally ass
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Here's a back to school activity that is centered on reading and writing the names of new friends, with the added benefit of repeated exposure to early sight words!

Your students will write their own name and a classmate's name, using one of eight templates. Using the context of simple, repetitive sentences and frequent rereadings will strengthen these early literacy skills:

→ One-to-one match

→ Directionality (left to right, return sweep)

→ Monitoring with known words

→ Fluent expression and phrasing

→ Mastery of early sight words

When you complete this activity with your PreK through first grade students, here's what you'll have:

→ A classroom display suitable for Back to School Night or Open House. Add some fun pointers and your read-the-room center is ready to use!

→ Book covers to turn your display into a class book

This item includes ...

* 8 different two-sentence captions for photos
* 4 grade level-specific display headers that can also be used as covers for a class book

* Complete directions for creating and using this activity


Linda Nelson grants permission to the original downloader to reproduce material for his or her own classroom use only. No other part of this work may be reproduced in whole or in part by electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems without permission in writing from the author. Please feel free to share the link to this document, but do not post as a doc on any website including school sites.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


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