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For the first piece of writing, students may use the graphic organizer to write a paragraph about themselves. I like to collect a first day writing sample from my students so I can determine where each student is with writing. Plus, who doesn't like writing about his/her self?
The next handout is a short back to school math task. This will help keep those early finishers busy!
Lastly, on the first day, I enjoy reading the book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox. This is a must-read! After the read aloud, I share a Memory Bag with three things that tell about my memories (this is my modeling how to share). We discuss that a memory is something you remember and how memories can be happy, sad, funny, etc. I send home a brown paper bag with each student and staple a note to the front explaining their homework- Collect 3 objects that represent your memories. The following day, students share their Memory Bags. I take this opportunity to explain what makes a good listener (there's a good anchor chart I found on Pinterest about good listeners). This share time will provide another opportunity to hit those Speaking & Listening Common Core standards. Yay!!!
I hope you enjoy this free pack of activities and ideas. They are great way for getting to know your students and building those relationships!
Speaking of memories, here's a picture of one of my Yorkie babies, Elphie. She brings me joy every day!