Starting with a back to school book is Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.
From Kinder Kraziness is a free "What's in a Name?" download (1 page) or a 13 page Chrysanthemum unit to print out.
Great ideas, including these name cards from Teaching Heart.
I really don't know where this idea originates from because I found it saved on my computer without a website. If it's you, please let me know and I will leave a link, otherwise, I had it saved HERE. Love the compare/contrast idea though!
Crazy For 1st Grade has this great little print out, including a letter to send home to the parents explaining what you are studying. What a great introduction/get-to-know-you at the beginning of the school year!
First Grade and Fancy Free has a name graph available to print for FREE. Great way to incorporate that math!From The First Grade Parade, I L-O-V-E this idea! Before reading the story, talk about how every student is different and unique and how they all have different names. Hand a paper heart to one student, and as you read the story aloud to the class, have that students take turn crumpling the heart each time he/she hears and unkind thing being said. By the end of the story, the heart will look pretty tattered. Oh my...such a cute idea and great way to start off the year with anti-bullying. Check out her blog for more instructions and details!
First Grade and Fabulous has a TERRIFIC unit on Chrysanthemum to download for FREE if you are interested. It is a must have!