Update: Some people have had trouble opening the Publisher file so I have included the Survival Guide in PDF form as well as Publisher 2010. If you have already purchased this product, you should be able to re-download it for free.
Introducing the Survival Guide
I use the Survival Guide to communicate with the parents in my class every school year. I call mine the Third Grade Survival Guide.
One year I was writing the introductory letter to the parents in my class. I wanted to include all the important information about tests and quizzes and about the subjects their children would study in third grade. When my letter got to be 4 pages long, I said to myself, “No one will want to read a 4 page letter. I might as well write a book.” Thus, the Third Grade Survival Guide was born. I realize that not everyone teaches third grade so you can name your book whatever you want.
I have made a template of my Survival Guide to share with other teachers. The Survival Guide includes contact information, morning procedures, lunch information, homework information, make up work procedures, and snow work procedures. I also include a section on each subject area with an overview of what will be taught, how quizzes and tests are handled, and any special projects that take place during the year.
My parents have thanked me over and over again for the Survival Guide and have told me how much they appreciate it. I give this out during our open house so that the parents have a chance to read it before the first day of school.
The survival guide is a template and is fully editable so you can personalize it and change it to include your subjects, and the procedures that you use in your classroom and your school.
I hope the Survival Guide will be a blessing to you and your class.