“ Me and My Family”
You are downloading an 8 page booklet that can be used to introduce the concept of home, school and neighborhood all being examples of families. (I print it 2 sided to save paper.) and how there are different rules in each of these settings.
There is a box for drawing a picture and a short writing prompt on each page. It ends with a poem about everyone being different and reinforces the idea that our home, our school and our neighborhood are all part of a big family.
I use this on the first day of first grade. The children draw their pictures and write their “story” while I am collecting and putting away their school supplies. I use the “story” part to do an informal assessment of their handwriting and their ability to respond to a writing prompt. It also provides me with a little glimpse into their background. Most of them don’t get it completely finished, but they can work on it throughout the rest of the day.
After collecting supplies, I have them come to the carpet with their booklet. I read, Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books by Diane deGroat and reference pages from their booklet. We “pair and share” so partners can show their pictures and ideas to a new friend.
I then use this booklet to springboard into the necessary rules of the classroom and the rules of other places within our school day. I also show photographs that I have taken of me, our principal, the superintendent, our city manager and a generic picture of parents. We talk about why these leaders would want us to have rules and we talk about the consequences of following and not following rules.
I then introduce my ticket/sticker behavior management chart at this time. If you want to know more about this system, email me from my TPT store.
1st Grade Standard: Social Studies, Government, Rules and Laws, 10. Rules exist in different settings. The principles of fairness should guide rules and the consequences for breaking rules.
You could also have the children highlight the vowels, the rhyming words, the uppercase letters, the ending punctuation marks and/or the color words that are in the poem.