I use these worksheets at the very beginning of the year as a “Getting to know you” activity. It covers many ELA and Social Studies standards. It also gets the kids talking and we all learn a lot about each other in a short period of time.
To start, I send home the parent letter explaining the activity and give them plenty of notice (usually a week) so they have some time to find pictures and collect the items requested. Then I choose someone to start and send home the reminder sheet to let parents know it’s time to bring in the goodies. For each following day I choose a name at random and slowly drag it through the folded half sheet, one letter at a time. This reinforces tons of ELA standards; left-right directionality, capital letters for proper nouns, noticing letter sounds etc. They think it is so fun and it really builds the excitement. Prior to the activities I usually make an anchor chart with all the students’ names alphabetized so they have a sort of cheat sheet during the name reveal. I have included name cards that you can copy on card stock, laminate and write each students’ name on, to use with the folded half sheet.
I have included the breakdown of activities I do with the students. At the start of the activities I usually choose a student to draw a question card while I assist them in reading it. By the third or fourth student most of the kids have a good grasp of the questions and can read the question cards independently. I usually type up the sentences we create in a cute font with a colorful border and hang around the classroom.
Students then illustrate a portrait of the Student of the Day and practices writing the students name at the bottom. I usually encourage the students to include something they learned about the student in their portrait. The teacher compiles the book. I usually copy the cover on card stock and while the other students are illustrating their picture, the Student of the Day decorates and illustrates the cover of the book! Enjoy this great beginning of the year activity!