I love giving my kids 'Back to School Memory Books' to keep them busy while I gather supplies, take care of house keeping tasks, etc. during the first week of school. They're also great during those down times of the day and for early finishers during that first week, too!
This book is cute and fun with rhyming words and pictures to color, but also is a tool to reinforce the rules and expectations you set as a teacher those first few weeks. Kids have the opportunity to review and share what the expectations are throughout the school - classroom, hallway, cafeteria, playground.
Students can think about what kind of character traits they look for in a friend, and also brainstorm ways they can be a good friend to others throughout the year.
Students can set goals for themselves, think of ways to show school pride, and even procedural expectations. What to do if they need something out of their seat, what should they do with technology, and even how they should enter and leave the classroom every day.
This book is 16 pages long, but allows for easy customization for teachers who only want to print a few pages for their books.
Happy Back to School!