Here are some ideas for getting to know students as we gear up for "Back to School" mode:
Road of Life Maps
These come in many forms whether sharing hobbies, life events, or reading and writing experiences. Road of Life Maps get students thinking and talking about their pasts and futures. Here are some students' life maps as examples. Click here for the complete lesson plan: A Common Core Approach to Narrative Writing.
Let students introduce themselves through peer interaction. Here's an example of Find Someone Who bingo:
Back to School Information Sheet helps teachers get to know students and their families:
More Back-to-School Lessons:
Let early learners work together to help Wacky Wayne find I-Spy objects...
Back to School Coloring Sheets are excellent for assessing motor skills!
What letters do students know? Back to School Letter Recognition handouts...
Writing activities with cellphone example and more... for get to know fun!
Pair young writers up for compare and contrast writings lesson plan...
Identify, Understand, and Assess Learning Styles lesson plan with activities so students become aware of their own learning styles and how to use them
Are you hearing school bells yet?