Have y’all watched Hope and Amy’s Engagement Made Easy LIVE series on Facebook? Each week they (along with a guest) share different activities to get your students excited and engaged during those first few weeks of school. It has been such an amazing series! This past week, we shared our favorite back to school books along with some activities to use with them.
One of my favorite books is, “The Recess Queen” by Alexis O’Neill. I have used this book for years during the first few weeks of school and I think I love it more every year! This book is great to use when discussing playground expectations, bullying, friends, and how to treat others. It is also great for vocabulary!
You can find this book on Amazon here or read online here.
If you are looking for a few activities to use with this book during those first few days/weeks of school, head over to my Smitten With First Facebook page to see the live video of how I use it year after year!
While I’m sitting at OT for little P, I thought I’d share a fine motor activity with y’all! 😬 I’ll be doing preschool with him at home next year (his daycare got torn up by a storm🌪) and fine motor + alphabet are two things we’ll be hitting all year. So, I wanted to incorporate as much of both into one activity as I could. 💪 These lacing cards are going to work his little fingers all while learning the alphabet and letter sounds. 🍎 These (+ several other fine motor mats) are available in my store! // Link below 💜💜 www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alphabet-Activities-Lacing-Letter-Mats-Fine-Motor-Lacing-Card...... See MoreSee Less
A few years ago I used this Friend-Diagram activity with my students to teach compare and contrast! I always love how they turn out! It’s FREE on the blog and I re-shared it in my Weekly Recap (several weeks ago) on the blog, too! Hope you can use it! Link here 👉 // smittenwithfirstblog.com/weekly-recap-3/... See MoreSee Less
Sticky Tables was a class favorite years ago! It gets kiddos up and moving!! 🤩 It works with multiple subject areas/standards and can also be used for informal assessments! 👍 My last post showed how to use it with skip counting and here I show it used with subitizing/number sense, ABC order, and handwriting practice. See previous post for directions on how to play 💜💜 ... See MoreSee Less
Re-sharing this skip counting number lines activity from years ago! 👉 Skip counting from any given number is such an important skill for our little ones - not just reciting 2,4,6,8,etc! Here's how we did it! Put sticky notes on the table, each student chooses one sticky note to start off with and then they just fill in the boxes using an expo marker on their desk! You could even use washi tape to create the number lines! ... See MoreSee Less