First Grade Welcome Bag
This one is called
The First Grade Welcome Bag
Welcome to your new classroom community. The
items in this bag have special meanings.
The cotton ball is to remind you that our room is
full of kind words and warm feelings.
The chocolate kiss is to comfort you when you are
The sticker is to remind you that we will al
stick together and help each other.
The gem is to remind you that you are valuable
The star is to remind you to shine and always try
The tissue is to remind you to help dry someone's
The toothpick is to remind you to pick out the
good qualities in your classmates and in
The bandage is to remind you to heal hurt
feelings in your friends and yourself.
The gold thread is to remind you that friendship
The eraser is to remind you that everybody makes
mistakes and that it is okay.
The Life Saver is to remind you that you can come
to any adult in our school community if you need
someone to talk to.
I make a card from
Print Shop with Mrs. ______First Grade Welcome
Bag with the poem on the inside of the card, and
I gather the items together and place them in a
zip lock baggy with the card and pass them out to
the parents on Back To School Night
are some of my activities that I do for the 1st
week of school
Read the Little Engine that Could. Discuss how
anything can be accomplished
with a little perserverance. We brainstorm things
that the students can do
and the students create a ICan pattern book. Can
will be one of our first
words that we learn to read.
Read Miss Nelson is Missing. Discuss the story.
Discuss the difference
between good and bad behavior. As a class come up
with the classroom rules.
We role play and act them out. The students
either make posters or a book
illustrating our rules.
Read Chrysanthemum Students discuss why their
name is absoultely perfect.
Write My name is ___________ and it is absoultely
because_____________. I also take their picture
and display it with their
I have many more but these are some of my
put this on a card from Print Shop and fill a
ziploc baggy with a tea
bag, tissue and cotton ball and give to parents
who can't seem to break
Thank you for entrusting your child to me. I
do my best every day to be your child's companion
in learning. After you have wiped your tears,
make yourself a nice warm cup of tea. Put your
feet up and relax. Then hold the cotton ball in
your hand. The softness will help you to recall
the gentle spirit of your child. I will work
alongside you this year to help your child grow.
In the plastic bag
is the above letter, a kleenex, a cotton ball,
and a tea bag.
One thing I do on
the first day of school is provide each student
with a Homework Folder. We do not have
allot of homework but this folder helps with
notes and papers to take home. I buy Yellow
2-pocket folders. On the
outside I write Elizabeth's Homework
Folder. On the inside I write on the left
Papers to keep at home and on the right Papers to
return to school. We practice reading these
2 sentences all day. Their home work that first
school is to go home and read the sentences to
their parents. The first day of school the
parents always have many papers to fill out and
return. This folder has really helped me
over the years. I make sure to stress that
student bring the folder to school every
day. This year I'm gong to purchase a few
extra folders for the ones that get lost.
It is nice to say get out your homework folder
and see all the yellow folders and spot the one
not have their folders. I have been
teaching 1st grade for 16 years and I still get
by Prince Redcloud
Close the barbecue
Close the sun
Close the home-run games we won
Close the picnic
Close the pool
Close the summer
First Day of School
by Aileen Fisher
if my drawing
will be as good as theirs
if they'll like me
or just be full of stares
if my teacher
will look like Mom or Gram
if my puppy
where I am!
are some bulletin board ideas I posted on the
Primary Teachers Chatboard last week.
"Pencil us in for a great year!" or
a sharp bunch of students".
ribbons: "Award-winning Students"
"Reach for the Stars in 2nd Grade",
Starring . . .", "Mrs. Gallipoli's
Using feet or
shoes: "We're starting off on the right
foot" or "Step into 2nd Grade"
Using T-shirts on a
clothesline: "2nd grade suits us to a
tee" or Mrs. Gallipoli's line-up"
"Bushels of fun in 2nd grade" or
"The apples of my eye"
"Leap into 2nd grade" or
"Toad-ally awesome students"
Using monkeys &
bananas: "Bananas about 2nd grade"
"Welcome to a dino-mite year"
"2nd grade jean-iuses"
"Welcome to our school" or "Oceans
of fun in 2nd grade"
"Welcome to our pack!"
"Kicking off a great year!"
I hope some of
at the Bottom of a Beanstalk
Once upon a time
there was a little boy named Jack who
was about to climb his very first beanstalk. He
fresh haircut and a brand-new book
bag. Even though
his friends in the neighborhood had climbed this
beanstalk almost every day last year, this was
first day and he was a little nervous. So
Early in the morning she brought him to the foot
the beanstalk. She talked encouragingly to Jack
all the fun he would have that day and how nice
giant would be. She reassured him that she would
back to pick him up at the end of the day. For a
moment they stood together, silently holding
gazing up at the beanstalk. To Jack it seemed
bigger than it had when his mother had pointed it
on the way to the store last week. His mother
it looked big, too. She swallowed. Maybe
she should have held Jack out a
mother straightened his shirt one last time,
his shoulder and smiled down at him. She promised
stay and wave while he started climbing. Jack
say a word.
He walked forward, grabbed a low-growing stem and
slowly pulled himself up to the first leaf.
balanced there for a moment and then climbed more
eagerly to the second leaf, then to the third and
he had vanished into a high tangle of leaves and
with never a backward glance at his
stood alone at the bottom of the beanstalk,
at the spot where Jack had disappeared. There was
rustle, no movement, no sound to indicate that he
"Sometimes," she thought,
"it's harder to be the one who waves
good-bye than it
is to be the one who climbs the beanstalk."
She wondered how Jack would do. Would he miss
he behave? Did his giant understand that
acted silly when they felt
unsure? She fought down
an urge to
spring up the stalk after Jack and
behind a bean to
take a peek at how he was doing.
"I'd better not.
What if he saw
me?" She knew Jack was really old enough to
this on his own.
She reminded herself that, after all this was
to be an excellent beanstalk
and that everyone said his giant was not only
had outstanding qualifications.
"It's not so much that I'm worried about
thought, rubbing the back of her neck. "It's
he's growing up and I'm going to miss him."
Jack's mother turned to leave.
"Jack's going to have
lots of bigger beanstalks to climb in his
told herself. "Today's the day he starts
for them... And today's the day I start
something too: cheering him on and waving
sheet of paper I have generated about 30
statements (see some examples below) about
people. The students are give about 20
minutes to quietly wonder around the class
talking to me and the other students asking if
anyone fits the profiles. They can only use
each child's name twice, so they have to talk to
several children (and myself). At the
end of the 20 minutes, we come together and
discuss who fits in each blank (sharing people's
names and giving those who didn't get finished a
chance to fill in their sheet). I have used
this for the past few years and the kids love it.
Likes to fish ___________________
Is left handed __________________
Went camping this summer _________________
Had a brother or sister in this class
Takes the bus _________________________
Plays the piano _____________________
Likes spinach ______________________
Is the oldest in their family ___________________
First grade Back to School Ideas needed
Posted by kathyb1stia on 6/06/02
first day of school I will be using the stick-em
labelswith a decorative sticker for nametags. In
fact I don't makepermanent nametags until after
Labor Day. (One year I made 19as that was how
many enrolled on Friday, but by Monday 29showed
up and one of the 19 that had paid enrollment
fees hadMOVED OUT OF TOWN! Well, I didn't have 29
of anything, so nowI just make it cute, but not
permanent until after Labor Day.)
will be a gallon size baggie with a similar
label, whichwill later become the Art Supply Bag.
For Art, they are tobring watercolor paints, 8
crayons, 8 water color markers andglue. That day
there will be 2 sharpened pencils to use untilI
get the ones that they bring sharpened. This is
always a problem, so this is a natural short-cut.
will have a camera, so I can take pictures that
first day. Again, this is always a problem, as
new kids are almost moving in every day. Last
year I went from 17 on my enrollment to 19showing
up the first day, which grew to 26 by the tenth
day of school. It seems that as soon as you take
that roll of film
in to be developed, that there is a new kid at
the door. Youknow I really don't mind move-ins,
but it pays to be prepared!
WORE A RED DRESS by
Merle Peeks is a great first classbook, as they
illustrate themselves and can write theirown
names on the blanks.
first day I ususally send home a First Grade
Welcome Bag. However, in the past I have made the
mistake of sending home candy, which gets eaten
up BEFORE they ever get the thing home. Also, I
have included an pink eraser, pencil, etc. These
are great meaningful items, but some of mine
school supplies, but dont' bring back the pencil
or eraserthat I sent home. So, then, I am
supplying both school andhome. I read a great
idea on the First Grade Mailring, whichI think I
will do this year...
Day of School Baby Food Jar Idea
for kids to make for parents:
I am at school,
or when we are far apart,
You may get a little sad,
But you are always in my heart.
So here are some hugs and kisses
for when I am away,
To remember that I love you,
Each and every day.
baby food jar can be decorated with address
labels that the kids have decorated as stickers.
the baby food jars can be decorated with tissue
paper and watered down glue.(This will take
longer to dry, so I amgoing to use the sticker
and address label idea.)
I can wrap them somehow, that all of the candy
won't be gone BEFORE they get them home!
child is to bring a plastic pocket folder. I will
have labels ready to stick to the outside,that
identifies this as the homework folder. I don't
send home regular homework, but this nextyear I
would like to do monthly calendars, which parents
can do with their child. For those that somehow
indicate their top 10 favorite activities along
with a parents' signature, then, we will have
lunch in the classroom one day a month.
will probably come up with something else for
meto send home, but the cute school supplies
welcome bag will stay at school.
great books to use at the first weeks of school
A TITLE TO LEARN MORE)
Purple Plastic Purse by
and Officer Buckle by
George goes to School by
Goes to School by
Paulette Bourgeious (sp)
Willowby Wallaby Woo by Raffi
Down by the Bay by Raffi
have posted on chart paper a morning greeting
poem (by KennNesbit), a good bye song (See you
later, Alligator extended),Days of the Week (Dr.
Jean), Don't forget the Day (unknownauthor),
What's the weather like? (Creative Teaching
Press)and Months of the Year (unknown author).
soon as possible I start the First Grade
Interviews assuggested in MONTH BY MONTH PHONICS
for First Grade by Pat Cunningham.
am sure that I have forgotten something, but I
know that there are a great bunch of First Grade
teachers that will helpme or others remember!
will make the little jars! I make a clothespin
magnet for each child. I buy little wooden pieces
in star shapes ( at Michaels) and glue them to
the top of the
clothespins. Then I glue a round magnet to the
back. On the star I write "1st Grade
Stuff". I tell them to hang it on the
refrigerator or a metal door and put any
important papers there. I send home a monthly
calendar with a reading log on the back, so they
need to keep that all month to return to me. I
have had parents tell me they use the magnet.
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