As a Kindergarten and First Grade looping teacher, my main focus in the classroom is community. If I'm going to have my same group of students for two years, we all need to be able to work together! A strong classroom community allows for deeper learning, increased engagement, closer relationships, and an investment in school.
Classroom community building starts the minute students walk in the door on the first day of school. My goal in the first few weeks of school is for students to celebrate who they are as people by talking about what makes them special. We also take a close look at how everyone in our class is different and how these differences can also be celebrated. A strong classroom community equals a happy school year!
This Celebrate Us Classroom Community Building pack includes five essential lessons and materials for the first days of school. These are the lessons, read alouds, and activities that I use in my Kindergarten and First Grade classroom to begin building a strong community. Here's what's include in this pack:
*Lesson Schedule (5 days of lessons)
*5 days of lesson plans each including a Greeting, Read Aloud, and Activity
Day 1: Greeting (We Are Here), read aloud Leena's Summer Adventure (included), Summer Adventure Page activity (included)
Day 2: Greeting (Knock, Knock), read aloud Draydon's Favorites (included), My Favorite's Book activity (included)
Day 3: Greeting (Name Cards), read aloud The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, Name Celebration activity (included)
My FAVORITE days are Day 4 & 5 when students begin creating life-size portraits of themselves to hang in the classroom.
Day 4: Greeting (Compliments), read aloud It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr, Self Portrait Part 1 (directions and pictures from my classroom included)
Day 5: Greeting (Brown Bear), read aloud Shades of People by Shelley Rotner, Self Portrait Part 2 (directions and pictures from my classroom included)
Please see the preview for more details about what's included in this pack.