This Back to School Booklet will help make your planning for the first week easier and provide your students and their families with a memorable keepsake.
I originally designed a version of this booklet to use with my own third grade students. I wanted to have an activity that they could work on independently throughout the first few days of school and have since made differentiated versions for grades Kindergarten through Fifth.
Having taught for many years, I know that there are always some odd minutes to fill before routines are established and often times your attention is needed to handle an immediate, unexpected matter (i.e. new student at the door who hadn’t registered prior to that day, crying child who is struggling with the transition). During those times it is important to have an activity on hand that the students can work on by themselves.
This booklet is ideal because many components involve illustrating or coloring which are activities that are accessible to almost every school-aged child regardless of his/her academic level. The booklet is also a wonderful tool for getting to know each other. In my classroom I complete a booklet of my own to use as an example. Sharing my sample with the class not only gives them a visual resource for completing their own pages, but also allows them to get to know more about me. I have them share components of their book with their tablemates and the class as a whole.
My recommendation is to print the packet in its entirety and copy and staple a class set of booklets. By giving the students an entire booklet they can work at their own pace and learn independence right from day one. Alternatively you could print select pages and use them individually.
TIP: Complete a sample of each page using your own information. Scan your page or take a photo of it. Project the image using an LCD projector or a Smartboard to share information about yourself with the class and provide them with a visual example of the expectation of the page.