Tuesday, July 30, 2013

First Day Picture Book (FREEBIE)

Hey there!  I posted a few weeks ago about how excited I was to use the Pete the Cat books for this year's back to school theme.  If you want to read my previous post, click here.  (It had a bunch of cool freebies!)

So I'm linking up with The Teacher's Chair to share my idea for Back to School read alouds.

Anyway, I'm excited to share this little baby.  I have used a much less cute version for years as a first day of school writing activity.  

So, what I have done in the past is make an anchor chart of how students (and teachers) feel on the first day of school.  Then, I model filling in the blanks with the student's name, he or she, and his/her feelings about the first day. Next, the students complete it (mostly) independently.  

When I used it after reading The Kissing Hand, I left the frame part empty and put each child's hand print in it.  Then, I took each child's picture and cut it into a heart shape.  Then I glued the picture onto the hand print.  I wish I had a picture,  but it's not an original idea.  (I got it back in the day, pre-pinterest, pre-blogger explosion, from some one's website.)  I laminated the pages and bound them as our first class book.  It's always a hit on Back to School Night!

For this year though, I'm going to take each child's picture holding my little stuffed Pete the Cat (bought it at Barnes and Noble).  I made the frame a little larger than 4x6 so our first day picture should fit nicely.  If you could use this for the first day, click here to download it for free.  There is a version for kindergarten and second grade, too.  It really could go with so many beginning of the year favorites.  

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