In my classroom, I typically choose one story to read for the week. This way, the students have several chances to hear the story. I then design literacy, math, fine motor/handwriting and other activities to accompany it, so that’s how I have set this up. This week uses two stories: Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi and Feet Are Not for Kicking by Elizabeth Verdick. These books are fantastic to use for starting out the school year and setting the classroom rules and environment. There are several other books in the series that involve using kind words, not spreading germs etc.
Download preview for a full list of activities and the skills incorporated.
Each activity has an objective, list of materials, activity instructions, a note on furthering the activity, and list of skills. The list of skills is also included in the table of contents. A blank assessment checklist has also been included. I suggest printing one off, filling in your students names at the top, and then copying it the needed number of times.
Some of the activities will show store-bought, hands-on materials that I have acquired over the years. If you don’t have the material, no problem, I have also made fun alternatives.
This is one week of a unit titled Welcome Back!
With the entire Welcome Back! unit, you will…
• start the year with fun, engaging activities.
• assess students on all basic preschool and kindergarten skills.
• take data to use for curriculum and lesson planning.
• complete ISTAR-KR (ignore if you don’t use it).
By completing all of the activities included in the full packet, you will be able to introduce, practice, and/or assess all basic preschool and kindergarten skills. I have included the skills that are incorporated with each activity. Some skills are repeated, so if a certain activity doesn’t work for you, you may be able to find the same skills somewhere else.
You could use the full packet in several ways:
• complete all activities
• find exact target skills and only use those activities
• add enrichment activities using the familiar books listed
• complete skills checklists (one is included) for parent/teacher use
• beef up your literacy, math, and/or fine motor repertoire