Give students a warm welcome with these fun getting-to-know-you activities and unit plans.
Children learn best by building upon things they know. With this in mind, students will use something familiar to them, bears, to learn classroom rules and procedures as well as develop writing and counting skills.
- Learn rules and procedures for the classroom and school
- Acquire the early literacy skills of identifying the parts of a book including the front and back cover, title, author, illustrator, as well as one- to-one correspondence and tracking
- Become familiar with an illustrated story through listening
- Learn their basic colors
- Count with gummy bears
Host a picnic for students to celebrate what they've learned. Invite them to bring their teddy bears to school and read aloud the book The Teddy Bears' Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy.
Introduce students to your classroom rules and help them identify appropriate classroom behavior through story reading and related game play.
Students practice writing their names by creating a page for a class book modeled after Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?.
In this lesson, students practice counting gummy bears, sort gummies by color, and chart the class's favorite colors.