Chrysanthemum First Day Name Activity:
Hello fellow teachers! I just love reading how everyone is gearing up for the new school year. Your ideas are so inspiring, keep them coming!
This is a favorite activity that I do with my class on the first day. I'm sure many of you do as well. It's just a great way for the students to get to know each other.
We read the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. Then we talk about our special names, graph the letters in our names, do various name games. I send this home on the first day. We then share a few over the course of the week. The kids just LOVE sharing about their special name!
Click here to download the worksheet:
Grammatical Name Art - 1: Write name in bubble letters. 2: First letter write nouns that relate to you (common or proper nouns). 3: Second letter with verbs that relate to you (action or linking verbs). 4: Third letter with adjectives that describe you. Remaining lettersStudents can choose to write more nouns, verbs, or adjectives. Love this for a grammar review at the beginning of the year!
Click here for the simple glyph:
Click here for the "Get To Know":
Click here for the "All About Me Gazette" download:
Click here for the "I am as":
Click here to download the "New Kids On The Block: Child Glyph":
Click here to download the "All About Me" writing page:
Click here to download the "Fingerprint" activity:
Click here for the "I Am A Gift" download:
Click here for the "Getting To Know You" download:
Click here for the "Who I Am" graphic organizer:
Click here for the "My Phone # Is" download:
Click here for the "All About Me Bag" download:
Create a Venn diagram with another classmate.
Click here for lots of back-to-school themed worksheets:
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Falling back in Space Portraits:
1. Start with a LARGE sheet of paper...18x24 is what we used
2. Have students trace hands facing outward, towards the top of the paper. A friend may help.
3. Put papers on the ground, and have students trace their feet facing outward slightly towards the bottom of the paper. **they LOVE this part!**
4. Have students draw an oval/circle for the head slightly above the hands (in the middle)...add details to the face, hair, etc...to make it look like them
5. Then, add a neck, show them how to attach the arms to the hands, and the pants to the feet. The arms and legs get larger as they get closer to the tracings of hands and feet. Draw details, details, details!
6. Discuss how they are 'flying back in space' and WHERE ARE THEY?! I have students drawing outer space, under the ocean, in a lightening storm, in tornadoes, etc....
7. Outline in sharpies
8. Paint with watercolors (we added crayon detail for small things as a wax-resist)