Your students will LOVE this back to school activity BUNDLE for the read aloud, School's First Day of School by Adam Rex. The bundle includes all three back to school resources:
- STEAM or STEM Challenge: Build a School
- Book Companion Booklet & Classroom Discussion Questions
- Build a School Craftivity or Art Activity
STEAM or STEM Challenge
This resource includes step-by-step instructions, recording sheets that follow the Engineering Design Process (Editable success criteria!) and a sample STEAM or STEM lesson plan for use during the first few weeks of school! For this STEAM or STEM Challenge, I recommend students work in groups of 2-4.
Each group will need a variation on the following supplies:
Cardboard (hope you saved your Amazon boxes!) 2-3 5x5inch pieces
Craft Sticks (Popsicle Sticks) about 33 for 3 walls.
1 yd. of tape (any kind, I use masking tape in my classroom)
A paper plate for the base.
Glue (OPTIONAL, but preferably liquid)
Three pieces of “garbage” to test each school with, I plan to use three milk cartons from my school’s cafeteria and fill them with rocks, weights, and sand! (Your students will never know until they test! I can’t wait to see their faces!)
Painting Supplies (I plan to have my students paint their schools before we test them on the second day of school, makes it go from STEM to STEAM)
Any other supplies you have that could work to build a school!!
Your students’ objective is to build a school using the supplies listed above (or your choice of supplies!!) while cooperating with their group members to plan, design, test, and improve a school building design. I have included recording sheets that have success criteria already written and an editable version, so you can create your own criteria! A STEAM Rubric and step-by-step directions are also included! I would not share the step-by-step guide with students, as they should be thinking critically when creating their own designs! One hint you could give them is that their roof needs to be just as sturdy as their walls.
This book companion was created to go along with the read aloud, School's First Day of School by Adam Rex. This book companion includes questions about the story and conversation starters to help your students develop rules or norms for their classroom and school. Questions are laid out in three different options (all options have the same questions):
- One-Sided Printing Booklet
- Two-Sided Printing Booklet
- Non-Booklet Worksheets
This resource includes the following to help your class make rules and norms for back to school:
- KWL About My Teacher (not included in booklets)
- KWL About My School (not included in booklets)
- My Class Rules
- My Class Norms
- My School Rules
- My School Norms
- RACE Writing Rubric! (not included in booklets)
- Comprehension Questions to analyze the read aloud story: School's First Day of School
Graphic Organizer to Compare and Contrast how the School felt at the beginning from how the School felt at the end of the story.
CRAFTIVITY / ART ACTIVITY
Your students will LOVE this back to school craftivity or art activity that goes along with the perfect back to school read aloud, School's First Day of School!
I have included three options for this craftivity!
ALL Craftivities can be glued to the writing prompts to create a bulletin board display!
Option #1: Simple Coloring Sheet
The first option is a simple coloring sheet with an outline of a school. To use this students can simply color and decorate the school to match their personality. Then you could have students present their work to the class, and explain how each idea represents something about them. Then complete the writing prompt of your choice and glue together! (You could also have them work on both the school and writing prompts together, then present both!) This could also be a great tool to teach students your expectations for how to use supplies!
Option #2: Student Interest School Coloring Sheet
The second option is a simple coloring sheet that also includes student interest questions in the windows, doors, and signs of the school! To use this students can simply answer the questions, then color and decorate the school to match their personality. You could also have students present their answers and work with the class. Then complete the writing prompt of your choice and glue together! (You could also have them work on both the school and writing prompts together, then present both!) I also plan to have this option on my student’s desks when they enter the classroom on the 1st day! This way they can be working on the questions while I can talk to parents and get everyone settled.
Option #3: Build a School
The third option is made-up of 12 pieces that come together to build a school! (This is NOT the STEAM or STEM activity!) I have included a key for this craft, so you know how all the pieces look when put together. Some prep will be involved in this activity. You will need print each piece of the school, either using the color options or onto colorful paper. Another option is to print in black and white and have students color each of the pieces. There are pages with multiples of the same piece on one page and I have included a page with all pieces on two pages. Once you have all the pieces ready for your students, all they simply need to do is put them together! I have included 4 different color printing options as well. If you would like me to add any additional colors or craft options, please let me know by e-mailing me at: email@example.com
Personal Use Only!
This resources is for personal classroom use only and may not be used to create resources for sale or given away as freebies.
© To The Fourth and Beyond - Anna Monteil. Single classroom use only. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses at a discounted price.