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Back To School First Day Activity Idea

Hi there!  I have been slacking on the blogging lately.  When summer started I was upset that I was not going to be teaching summer school, and that I had to drop out of Grad School for a while (Due to some REALLY ridiculous issues at a different school not allowing my transcripts to get set over...Long story really.), but I have actually been INCREDIBLY busy this whole summer. 

I wanted to do a quick share for an activity that you can do on the first day of school and how I used it last year! (I wish I had pictures!!! That is going to be one of my goals this upcoming school year is to take more pictures in my room, of my products.  I think it is actually going to become a classroom job!!!)

So here it is
I posted this last year about this time but it works so well.  I have it as a freebie in my TPT store. You can click the picture or HERE to download.  

This is what I did last year and will do again this year on the first day of school.  I took pictures of all of my students on the first day, printed them on regular typing paper, and then let the students glue them on the next day.  I then took the pages and made a classbook! Students were able to check out the book to get to know their classmates.  I also created one of me for each of my classes so the kids could learn a little bit about me.  I also created a HUGE one of these (anchor chart sized) and had it posted up on the first day of school for kids to see when they walked in!

For me I teach 6th grade.  The school is new and you are merged with 5 elementary schools.  That merge is tough.  You might not know ANYONE in your class.  This is a fun way to get to know your table mates and classmates AND your teacher.  I also liked the idea of letting students check out the book.  The book worked really well for new students through out the year too!  

Mostly though, it was just a nice reminder for me of my kids, as I have a ton of them.  Helps remind me that they are little people who have feelings, and favorites too! 

What are you doing on the first day of school?



  1. Oh how exciting! A new blog design! Thanks so much for the BTS freebie!!!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  2. I can see that book being a popular choice during independent work time. We had a "Scopebook" in college that listed people's pictures and on-campus numbers, and we stalked it ALL THE TIME!


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