The first project that I LOVE to start with every year is CLASSMATE interviews. For some reason, knowing that I have this project IN MY BACK POCKET really DE-stresses me when I am preparing for the first week of school. Why? This project involves INTERACTION, DISCUSSION, and WRITING. The BEST part? Students are getting to know each other. I also love that it is a multi-day process. What's involved? Take a look below. (Click on the pic to get the materials!)
Day#1: Partner Students/Students Begin Interviews
Day #2: Students Continue Interviews/Start Draft of Interview
Teacher Takes Student's Photos
Day #2 Homework: Students need to bring about 20 small pictures from HOME
(Cut from a magazine for the picture collage)
Day #3: Students Complete Drafts of Interviews/Teacher Prints Student's Photos
Day #4: Students complete collages with pictures brought from home
The fun thing about this project is that students are writing about each OTHER rather than themselves. Parents really enjoy seeing what other students write about their child at BACK to SCHOOL night. The BEST part? The collage pictures REALLY brighten up an empty room in the beginning of the year and it looks like there is ALOT going on!
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"ALL ABOUT ME CUBES"
The next project that made the beginning of the year go smoothly were these "All About Me" Cubes. I have been seeing a lot of great 3D projects all over the internet and Pinterest and thought I would try to make one of my own! These cubes are laid out as follows:
SIDE #1: *SELF PORTRAIT* (DRAWING)
SIDE #2: *MY ROLE MODEL QUICK WRITE*
SIDE #3: *SYMBOLIZING ME* (DRAWING)
SIDE #4: *EVERYTHING ABOUT ME QUICK WRITE*
SIDE #5 *MY FAMILY QUICK WRITE*
SIDE #6 *TOP*
Here is a closer look at how wonderful they turned out!
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"Climbing to the Mountain Tops"
This is a FUN project that I wrote about last year!
The first part of this project starts with students listing the challenges they will face for the upcoming year and ENDS with each student writing about their challenges on a MOUNTAIN TOP. Read more detailed instructions for this project here. Below is the picture of the circle map we came up with this year when preparing for this project.
Here is a picture of how the student's pics turned out!
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"All Hands In"
Finally, I have to share this AWESOME project that I got from my friend Stephanie from Teaching in Room 6. This ALL HANDS in project allows students to trace their hand and arm and then spend time filling it in with pictures and words that represent them. From a teacher's perspective, I LOVE this project because it is EASY and NO TEMPLATE is required! It helps that the kids LOVE it, too!
Not to mention, they look FABULOUS in the room!
What special projects do you do for the beginning of the year?