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All About Me Unit and Beginning of the Year Ideas
Old 05-24-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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I am moving from2nd to 3rd grade and will have quite a few of the same kids again next year. I want to spice up some of my units, that way the kids I've previously taught will be doing something new at the beginning of the year. So....I'm wondering if any of you have any fun ideas for an All About Me unit? I'm also hoping to hear some of your beginning of the school year units and ideas. Any information or ideas will be much appreciated.

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I've seen two ideas that I thought were creative and fun. Both are posters (can obviously be any size, depending on your wall space).

Campaign Poster- Students make a campaign poster for themselves. Instead of running for an office or title, they suggest they are the "mega mathematician" or "most studious" or "awesome reader", etc. They come up with a slogan for themselves and draw a picture on their poster and then you can display them in the hallway or classroom. -- as a side note, this would a great segue to teaching them about the upcoming elections in November.

Wanted Poster- Students draw their picture, write WANTED at the top of the page, under that they write "A+ students" or "Terrific Third Graders" or something to that effect and then a reward amount (say $100,000,000!) at the bottom of the page. Also to be displayed in the hallway or classroom.
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I like to use an activity like this on the first day of school. Students cruise the room and get signatures of other students. In this way, they get to know each other.

Look over the attachment. You will want to make some changes.
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Me in a Bag
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The attachment describes the activity. I attach this note to a paper lunch bag.

NO WRITING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BAG!!

I usually send this home for homework on the first day of school.
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Meet My New Friend
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This form is used to interview a classmate. It is just an idea for you. I "borrowed" this from another "special person" on PT.


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Numbers in Our Lives
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"Numbers in Our Lives" is attached. However, it needs some explaining.

1. Write eight questions about yourself. The numbers across the top answer the questions. (This really gives you a good idea about the number sense of your students.) See attachment, page 1.

2. Run page 2 of the attachment on the back of page 1. On page 2, students write eight questions about themselves and give the correct answer in the last column. This will give you a good idea about your student's writing ability. Can they write a question with a capital letter and correct punctuation?

3. Pages three and four of the attachment are examples that my students wrote. I took their rough draft and typed it...took about five minutes per night to type two of them. Then the next morning, I ran them back-to-back. Students did one per day...usually was on their desk first thing in the morning. The person who wrote the original questions stood in the front of the room and gave the answers while I entered attendance and lunch count in the computer.
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Glyphs
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Third graders love to do glyphs...and they make great, quick displays.

FYI--The word glyph is taken from the word hieroglyphics, which is picture writing. Each detail in a glyph provides the person viewing it with information about the person who created it. Using the legend, each feature of the glyph and what it represents can be understood.

I recommend:
--Great Glyphs: All About Me
--Great Glyphs: Around the Year
--Great Glyphs: Holidays and Seasons

These three books are published by Scholastic, and well worth the money.
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Word Search--Classmate Names
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When students arrive on the first day, I have a word search on their desk.

This is something you need to make the night before (and probably correct the morning of) school beginning...so all students are included...in case of last minute student registration.
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Thank you, everyone, for sharing! These are all great ideas!
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