The first one is organizing classroom newsletters. My first couple of years teaching, I gave my families paper newsletters. I loved them, but I found that they took a lot of time and wasted a lot of paper. With the way technology has become such an important part of our everyday lives, I started using Shutterfly to post classroom news and features that I had created. If there was a family that didn't have internet, I would print a paper copy, but everyone knew they could find everything on our site.
Within my newsletters, I always include what the students are learning, important dates, and a student feature. I found that these features added a boost of excitement and made the families eager to read! The features included are: mystery student, class reporter, "Hats Off to Careers," New Year's wish and resolution, critic's corner, mystery baby, and the end of the year hopes and memories. The pack that you will win includes everything you will need to add a little bit of spunk to your newsletters!
The next trick that I have for making back to school fun and exciting is my First Week Fun pack! It includes the following:
- Back to School Survival Kit (at the beginning of the year, I have these on their desks the first day of school or at "Meet the Teacher.") The kids love them! I have included 5 different templates to choose from.
-RAFT writing for the beginning of the year.
-Posters for each grade level that say, "Kindergarten Bright Bunch" or "1st Grade Bright Bunch." Grades K-5 are provided. This poster hangs up and then the students write about why their future in whichever grade will be so bright. This could incorporate goal setting and having a plan for the year. Then, I take their pictures wearing bright sunglasses. Paper for the students to write on is also included. This is a great bulletin board for the first couple weeks!
I hope you have enjoyed these Back to School Tricks! Be sure to stop by tomorrow to Jess' post about literacy centers!