This is a neat first day of school opener that I do with my students. Students create a coat of arms using a large sheet of white paper.
The PowerPoint first frames what a coat of arms is and then explains in a step by step process how to make a shield out of paper (scissors are needed and step by step directions built-into the PowerPoint makes it easily understood). The PowerPoint then has the students unfold the shield and divide it into four sections. They place their name in the middle. In the upper left hand corner they place information about their interests, hobbies, and other cool factoids about themselves. They are encouraged in the PowerPoint to use cut-outs, drawings, and text. The next section asks the student to set Goals / their hopes and dreams for this year and beyond.(Pictures, Cut-Outs, Colors). The next section asks the students to describe the people that support them. The final section has the students brainstorm ways in which this class will help them reach their goals / hopes and dreams for this year and beyond. An example that uses clipart is provided although teachers are encouraged to present their own interests / goals. Students can present their coat of arms the next day in front of the class. I have often broken the class into small groups and had each student present multiple times to smaller traveling groups in a carousel type presentation. Other ways of presenting is to partner up two students and have each student present the others shield. I give the students several minutes to share their shields with their partner and work on their presentations together. This is a really neat little activity that not only lets the teacher learn about the students hopes for the year and beyond but is perfect for framing the importance of positive behavior in the classroom. - We all have important hopes and dreams and negative behavior hurts those larger goals. A slide of teacher and student responsibilities and a few slides about responsibility and respect conclude this PowerPoint. This is a free product and all positive comments are welcome. Thank you and enjoy!
Also included is a First Day of School PowerPoint my curriculum guide that links to all of my lessons, units, and curriculum on TpT.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thank you again.
Ryan Murphy M.Ed
Below you find links to preview each of the 20 full units of study in detail. Each link will contain hundreds of PowerPoint slides, the unit homework bundle, lesson notes, review games, available worksheets, and much more. A welcome letter / guide / curriculum document is included that describes curriculum and how to utilize these resources in your classroom.
Life Science Unit Previews
Cell Biology Unit Preview
Human Body Systems and Health Topics Unit Preview
DNA and Genetics Unit Preview
Botany Unit Preview
Taxonomy and Classification Unit Preview
Ecology Feeding Levels Unit Preview
Ecology Interactions Unit Preview
Ecology Abiotic Factors Unit Preview
Evolution and Natural Selection / Change Topics Unit Preview
Infectious Diseases Unit Preview
Life Science Curriculum Package
Life Science Curriculum Package
Earth Science Unit Previews
Geology Topics Unit Preview
Weathering, Soil Science, Ice-Ages and Glaciers Unit Preview
Weather and Climate Unit Preview
Astronomy Topics Unit Preview
Water Molecule Unit
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit Preview
Earth Science Curriculum Package
Physical Science Unit Previews
Science Skills Unit Preview
Laws of Motion and Simple Machines Unit Preview
Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit Preview
Atoms and the Periodic Table of the Elements Unit Preview
Physical Science Curriculum Package
Below are the links to the 20 units of study that I offer on TpT for individual purchase. All of these are included in the curriculum purchase.
Physical Science Units
Science Skills Unit
Laws of Motion and Simple Machines Unit
Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit
Atoms and Periodic Table of the Elements Unit
Physical Science Curriculum
Physical Science Bundle Package (4 Units)
Life Science Units
Human Body System and Health Topics Unit
Cellular Biology Unit
Infectious Diseases Unit
DNA and Genetics Unit, Cell Division
Taxonomy and Classification Unit
Evolution and Natural Selection, Change Topics Unit
Ecology Feeding Levels Unit
Ecology Interactions Unit
Ecology Abiotic Factors Unit
Life Science Curriculum
Life Science Bundle Package (10 Units)
Earth Science Units
Weathering, Soil Science, Soil Conservation, Ice Ages, Glaciers Unit
Astronomy Topics Unit
Geology Topics Unit
Weather and Climate Unit
Earth Science Curriculum Bundle
Earth Science Curriculum (6 Units)
Water, Water Quality, Rivers, Lakes, and Fish Units
Water on Earth, Properties of Water, Water Pollution Unit
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit (Salmon, Fish, and more)
Below is a link to view this curriculum in greater detail. You will find a PowerPoint tour, how a unit works guide, curriculum possibilities, standards, and many free samples.
Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Best wishes.
Ryan Murphy at TpT