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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Beginning of the Year Name Activities

Welcoming a new year of students can be scary, even as the teacher. The first week or two are so important for not only setting class routines and procedures but also for assessing my students' abilities. Here are a few easy letter and sound activities I used last week:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Trees

Prepare for each student:

  1. 9 x 12 piece of blue for background
  2. 9 x 6 piece of green for grass
  3. 9 x 2 brown for trunk
  4. 3 x 3 yellow for sun
  5. 3 x 3 brown for coconuts
  6. Copy of 5 leaves on green construction paper (Just draw 5 leaves on a paper and copy or grab my drawing of them here.)
  7. Assortment of alphabet stickers (we wrote our names on the trees, but you could also just have students put a miscellaneous assortment of letters on too)




Name Flip Books

These are so simple to prepare and make a great way to see who is struggling with letter/sound relationships. Use 12 x 18 white art paper. Fold it in half lengthwise. Open it up and using a paper cutter, carefully cut to the fold line. I measure my cuts to be every 2 inches for students with 6 letters or less. For anyone who has a longer name, I go down to 1 1/2 inch cuts. Students then write their name on the top with one letter on each flap. Underneath they draw something that begins with each letter.



Olivia = Octopus - Lollipop - Igloo - Vase - Ice cream - Apple
 I hope all of you have a great beginning of the year!


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