New-to-School Student Booklets
A fun getting-to-know-you activity that students complete during the first few weeks of school
- Grades: PreK–K
- Unit Plan:
This is a book that will be completed over a three-week period. The child will fill-in-the-blank with his or her name, and paint and decorate a small paper plate to look like his or her face for the cover of the book.
- Make a book about their school experience entitled, "(Student's Name) Goes to School."
- Typed text for each page. Example: I can paint. (Use large print so that children can track words.)
- Watercolor paint
- Prebound construction paper book
- Cut out construction paper blocks
- Playdough recipe, Ziplocs, playdough
- Precut squares for the pattern page
- Recipe for cooking page and art activity to show what you made.
- Paper plates for the cover, skin colored paint, yarn, wiggly eyes, barrettes, ribbon, etc.
- Will I Have a Friend? by Lilian Hoban
- Optional: Class set of pictures of the teacher
- Optional: Class set of pictures of the the class
Set Up and Prepare
- Bind the construction paper books.
- Cut out small paper squares and other shapes in a variety of colors for students to use to illustrate the pages of their books.
- Create simple sentences that can be printed and glued into the construction paper books for students to illustrate. For example:
- I can paint.
- I have friends.
- My teacher is (Name).
- I build with blocks.
- I play in the playhouse.
- I can make a pattern.
- I cook.
- I play with Play-Doh.
- About the Author
Step 1: Before students make the "I have friends" page, read Will I Have a Friend? aloud to the class.
Step 2: Discuss questions about friendship. How do friends treat each other? What can you do to be a good friend? What do you like to do with your friends?
Step 3: Create a human graph with your class by making a boy line and a girl line. Compare and contrast quantities using the terms "more than" and "less than."
Step 4: Have students illustrate the "I have friends" page. Student can draw pictures of their friends or they can glue on a picture of the entire class. At the bottom of the page, they fill in these blanks with the correct numeral. There are____ boys and ____ girls.
Step 5: Students create the remaining pages of the book. Before each page, make sure students understand what they are illustrating with a short lesson or demonstration.
- I can paint.
- I have friends.
- My teacher is (Name). (On this page, students draw or glue on a picture of you.)
- I build with blocks. (On this page, students glue on paper blocks and the words that say: "I build with blocks.")
- I play in the playhouse. (Students decorate a paper doll of themselves with collage items such as beads, wallpaper, cut-out clothes, feathers, etc.)
- I can make a pattern. (Students glue colored squares around the page in a pattern.)
- I cook. (Students glue on a recipe of something they cooked together as a class or something they can make at home.)
- I play with playdough. (Show students how to make their own playdough, then attach a small Ziploc bag filled with a sample of playdough to the page.)
- About the Author (On the inside of the cover, write a dictated paragraph with the student's picture added.)
Read Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. Graph how many boy animals and girl animals are in Miss Bindergarten's class. Compare Miss Bindergarten's class composition with ours.
How did this new class do with this lesson? What went well? Are they following Clifford's Rules? Do they see themselves as the author and illustrator of their book? Do I have an idea of math and reading skills for each child?
Teacher Observation: Who was able to follow the step-by-step directions? How many students understood "more than" and "less than?" Who was able to track and read the page?