Since I have the pleasure of teaching grade 1 AND 2 this year (in separate groups- thankgoodness), I used different activities for the beginning of the year getting to know you activities.
First, my firsties!
My partner and I worked collaboratively to create summery self-portraits.
I had our students create their summer sunglasses (drawing two things they did during the summer in the lenses...looking back upon their summer vacations, if you will. The idea is from the linked website). They also created their faces using construction paper and markers, working on concepts such as proportion, and colors. My partner had them work on their t-shirts, where they had to draw their favorite things, so we could could get to know them!
In grade 2, students created All About Me books, thanks to Alyssa's freebie on TPT. Since I teach the French half, I quickly re-did the vocabulary in French for two of the pages. Their answers are so priceless (pictured below). Parents, students and school members really enjoyed reading this booklets displayed in the hallway.
Hope you had a smooth Back to School, and wishing all you teachers a Happy New Year!
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