I have found some really fun 1st of the school year ideas that I thought I would share.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See? is one of those great early reader books that uses repetition to teach reading skills. Melissa from F is for First Grade, created a free downloadable version of First Graders, First Graders, What do you see? Such a super name/getting to know you activity! Totally using it!
Mrs. Mac @ First Class with Mrs. Mac created the original version of this book adaptation and you can print hers too! Love it!
If you aren't a 1st grade teacher, and reading this, you might be able to find a version that would work for your grade level. If not, this gives you the idea to create your own!
Twisty Noodle has a variety of great coloring pages for the first day of school. These are great to have on the students' desks as they come in to class that first day!
Need a printable alphabet chart? No problem, Judy @ KinderTastic has you taken care of!
I LOVE this name recognition activity...again geared towards the younger kids. Have your student write their name with a white crayon on a white sheet of construction paper. Then have the kids watercolor over the "invisible" name and watch it appear! This idea was seen at Dresses N Messes.
Babbling Abby has a fun name idea too! Man! I love her site...so fun to read!
For older grades, HERE is a great venn diagram the students can use to compare and contrast their summer to another student's summer vacation.
or HERE for a printable Back to School BINGO.
I could see the following form used to decorate a bulletin board. Have the students fill out this Guess Who I Am form. As the teacher, tape a piece of black construction paper to a wall and using an overhead projector, trace each student's profile. Have them cut out what you have traced and mount the black profile picture onto a different color of construction paper to make it stand out. Attach the form to the profile picture and walaa!
Something that I did last year in my class (that I will continue to do) is with my pirate themed class, we go on a treasure hunt. Really, this is my way of giving the students a tour of the school, but it adds a little spice. First I read a pirate story (any will do). During lunch is when I set things up because it gives me time to get things ready and by then the kids really aren't expecting anything. When the students come back to class after lunch, I tell them I found an envelope on my desk addressed to the class. Basically it is a typed up note from a pirate named Boris, who tells us he has left treasure in the school for us, but that we have to go find it. I have notes/clues taped up around the school (that I pray an older grade student doesn't move during lunch!) and we walk around as a class following the clues until we find the treasure. I have a treasure chest waiting at the end of the hunt filled with a treasure of some sort for each student. Last year the treasure was some pirate fruit snacks and pirate silly bands. This year though I found these great little pirate zip lock bags in the dollar bins at Target. I plan to fill enough bags with some kind of treasure. I was thinking chocolate coins, plastic money, (gold foil wrapped) Rolos or something else piratey (yes, I just made up that word!)
What ideas do you have for the 1st day or week of school??