First Week Activities: All About ME Index Card Houses

Thursday, June 25, 2015
I am LOVING my summer break so far.......but I will admit, I got an idea for a Back to School project the other day and I really want to share it with you all!!!! The first week and even the first day back at school can certainly be nerve racking!! If you are like me, I like to pack as many hands on All About Me activities as I can so that the students have plenty to do.  It's better to be over-planned than under-planned, right???  The other day, my nephew was building an index card house....he was having SO MUCH FUN that I had to somehow translate his energy into an activity for my next year's class!! I ran to Staples and HAD to get the fluorescent colored cards to build this bad boy! I had so much fun making this model so that I could share it with you all!
Back to School Night Project
Click on the pic below to grab ALL of the tabs that are 
needed for this project (and step BY step instructions!)  
Just make sure that the students complete writing and decorating the cards BEFORE constructing!!  And, by all means, the students could add more cards if they have time....I am sure some of the students would LOVE to build super tall towers.


I can't wait for the students to have these on their desks for BACK to SCHOOL night!! 
(And I will be sure to share out some pictures when they are done!) 
Do you have any first week activities that you like to do every year? 
Or are you going to try something new this year?


21 comments:

  1. These are so creative!!! Thank you for sharing, I can't wait to try these.

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  2. Interesting idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What a GREAT idea!!! I love it! Thanks!

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  4. Wowee! I can't wait to make my own and then share it at school with my fifth graders. I love how the idea came to you ! Many thanks

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  5. I have been trying to find a different project for the beginning of the school year and this looks perfect! Can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing... :)
    Emily (IL)

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  6. This is an awesome idea - very creative! Thanks for making it available for free!!
    Can't wait to do this - on my way to buy cards :)

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    1. Can't wait to hear how they turn out! :)

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  7. This looks creative and fun! I can't wait to share it with my team. I know the students will enjoy creating them, and the parents will enjoy seeing them on Back to School Night. After 30 years of teaching, I'm still looking for new things. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. So happy to hear! Wow, 30 years.....congratulations!!! I'm on year 18 or so, but I am losing count!! Hope your team loves them and this project works out for you guys! :) I totally agree that you never stop looking for new ideas, it makes teaching much more exciting, doesn't it? Teaching is so much more fun when I am excited about an idea.....I think my students can tell too!!

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  8. So awesome!! Thank you! This goes along with our STEM Straw Tower grade-level competition! I can't wait to do this with my 5th graders!

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  9. Thanks so much for the great idea! : )

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  10. I love this idea! So many possibilities.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Beti

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  11. Great idea - going to use it this year - FUN

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  12. I just accepted a 3rd grade science/social studies job on Thursday. Because of construction, teachers didn't get access until that same day. We are all trying to get rooms ready and curriculum ready. This will be the first time I've taught science and the first time I've taught third. I can't wait to use this activity for the first day! Thank you!

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  13. I am going to use this in my marketing class for personal branding assignment and then display at open house!! Thanks for the cool idea!!

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  14. I am going to use this in my marketing class for personal branding assignment and then display at open house!! Thanks for the cool idea!!

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  15. I have been looking for a great idea to start off my upper elementary STEM classes, and when I came upon this, it finally came together for me. I was going to have students create a web-based word cloud about what they know about STEM, but am going to adapt your idea instead. Students will be given time to brainstorm and write ideas on cards, and will then use those to create. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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