Beginning of the year essentials to support friendships, building community, and guided discovery. No Prep!
Included in this Product:
1. Guided Discovery Sheets: These sheets allow a teacher to use the
Responsive Classroom model while introducing many tools that will be used throughout the school year. After modeling how to use each school supplies, these are a great way for students to practice using materials respectfully and safety. (Practicing with a pencil, crayons, colored pencils, markers, and scissors.)
2. First Day Reflection: These allow children to record what they did on their first day of school. These can be kept in a portfolio or can serve as a conversation starter for home!
3. Hopes and Dreams: Students reflect on something they hope to accomplish over the year.
4: All About Me: A little survey to learn more about each student. This is great to send home in a summer packet and have kids bring back the first day or can be completed the first week.
5. Find a Friend Who: This activity asks kids to hunt for a friend who meets the criteria for each box. This is a great way for students to start to learn and record each other’s names while learning something about their new friends.
6. Feelings about a New Grade: A great worksheet for students to complete about their feeling for the new year. (Something I am worried about, Something I am excited about, Something I hope to learn)
7. Making New Friends through Venn Diagrams: These allow children to determine what makes them special and what makes the similar to their friends. They can start to discover similar interests on their own! There is also a Venn Diagram to compare names.
8. Comparing K/1 and 1/2 through Venn Diagrams: This is a great way to reflect on the previous year and compare it to the new year. Many things stay the same. This can be blown up and down as a whole group activity!
9. Application for a Classroom Job: Students can apply for a certain classroom job they are hoping to get!
Connections to Literature:
10. Bucket Filler Activities: Worksheets correspond to filling someone’s bucket in the classroom, at recess, in school, and at home.
11. No David Activity- Worksheets ask students to write and draw advice for David!
12. Wemberly Worried Activity-Children can reflect on their own worries about the new school year.
13. My Brave Year of Firsts Activity-Children draw and write about a time they were brave. This is also a great way to start to introduce academic risk. One activity asks students to write about a time they are going to be brave in the new school year!
Feel free to send along any questions!