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FARM STAND MATH:
Produce and eggs, etc. are on sale at the local farmer's market, and students will have to add up the cents for all of the sales on this easy addition game.
LEARN THE KEYBOARD:
Students will become more familiar with the location of letters and numbers on their keyboards, as they must fill in the blank spaces by clicking and dragging the correct keys to their position in this online keyboarding game.
EXPLORING AUTUMN LEAVES:
Autumn - it's not too far around the corner, and students can start observing the colors of leaves changing very soon. Find some activities here to investigate the reason behind fall leaf changes, with background reading, science activity projects, and word puzzles.
UNDERSTANDING THE SEASONS:
With simple but effective demonstrations and hands-on activities, as well as background teaching material, students will understand the reasons behind the changing seasons.
NON-EDIBLE ART RECIPES:
For all of your art projects this year, why not make your own art supplies - or better yet, assign your students and families to make some different art materials in their own kitchens, bringing them in to share with special art projects. Find ideas for making Clean Mud, Crepe Paper Clay, Popsicle Paint, Stained Glass, and much more.
DAYS OF THE WEEK SONG:
Students will love singing this song to learn the days of the week, to the catchy tune of The Adams Family and complete with snapping fingers.
A STITCH IN TIME TEACHING CLOCK:
Print out this teaching clock onto cardstock for durability; use brass fasteners to attach the hands by punching them through the middle pin cushion and attaching them. Each hour is written on a button, with "stitches" between the numerals.
A COLLAGE OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES:
You can get your students to work in groups for this project, thereby creating more familiarity and comfort in your classroom during the first week or two back to school. They will collaborate on ideas that represent their holidays. You might wish to add a presentation aspect where each group or even each student can elaborate on why they chose a specific image and what it represents to him or her.
SOUND SORTING PICTURES:
To help your students with consonants - both initial and ending - or long vowels, short vowels, word families, or digraphs, this resource offers a selection of images to assist students in making the connections. You can download them, create a poster, use them for worksheets, or create vowel charts, etc.
Choose the "Easy" level to start, where students will have to add bottom level pairs of numbers to fill in the middle level panels, and then add the middle level to make sure they get the top numeral correct. Play levels progress to "hard" in this online and interactive addition game for elementary students.
TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR:
Perfect for a beginning of year intro to your students, as well as an icebreaker... Students will write descriptions of themselves following the directions here, without naming names, and then fold their pieces of paper and submit them. Descriptions will be read aloud as your class tries to guess the mystery character.
"These are a few of my favorite things... " Like the artist Guiseppe Archiboldo, students will design a self-portrait by considering objects that represent their likes and dislikes, and incorporating them into their art work. Use the 2nd link above for a lesson plan on Vegetable Faces: A Guiseppe Archimboldo Portrait Study, connecting students to health, nutrition, and diet topics as well.
BACK TO SCHOOL SILHOUETTES:
Find a great idea here to create easy silhouettes of your students, which they will then take back to their desks to illustrate with personalized symbols and designs. Further activities include an "All About me" art activity, postcards, and symbolic student representations.