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August 02

Get ready to go back to school!

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Get ready to go back to school!

Grades 3 – 6
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

 

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Teachers and students come to school bringing a wide range of backgrounds, languages, abilities, and temperaments. Get things off to the best start by asking them to respect their differences and make the most of their similarities. By sharing information on their lives and dreams, students and teachers can build community in the classroom that will support literacy instruction throughout the school year.

 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

The first weeks of school can set the tone for the rest of the year, so community-building is a priority. Ask students to share details about their lives with one another using the interactive Graphic Map.

  • Ask students to identify key moments in their lives. Younger students can brainstorm a list of events from the summer, while older students might focus more specifically on significant events from previous years at school.

  • Have students assign a positive or negative value to each event based on their feelings about it. Happy events like "meeting a new friend" would have a high number, and sad events like "having to leave a sibling at home" would have a lower number.

  • Once students have gathered their ideas, ask them to publish the entries using the interactive Graphic Map. Have students record a brief description and include an image for each memory. If computers are not available, have students draw graphics and add captions for their memories on construction paper.

  • When everyone has completed their graphic maps, invite students to share their memories in small groups or with the whole class. Encourage students to look for feelings that they have all experienced and to identify details that they want to know more about.

See the Graphic Map page for more information and activities for this interactive tool.

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Back to School Booklist

    This booklist, compiled by ReadWriteThink, names texts that can be shared with K–2 and 3–5 students during the first few days of school.

     

  • Back to School Teaching Resources

    This NCTE resource provides additional lesson plans, teaching strategies, journal articles, and more to help the first weeks in the classroom flow more smoothly.

     

  • Going Back to School

    This article from KidsHealth includes tips for dealing with first-day jitters, the first day at middle school, and getting a good start.

     

  • School & Jobs

    Older students can find resources on this KidsHealth site to help make the first days of school more successful. The site includes topics such as choosing extracurricular activities and dealing with bullying.

     

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Grades   3 – 12  |  Game & Tool

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map allows children and teens to chart the significant points related to a particular item or group of items, such as chapters in a book, amounts of money spent, events during a day,
month, year, or life, or scenes in a play.

 

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Podcast Episodes

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Back to School Stories

As teens and preteens prepare to go back to school, recommend a book that features the settings and situations of school.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Back to School

Help prepare your kids for a return to the classroom with these great books and expert kid tips about adjusting to a new school.

 

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