Every year, my number one goal is to to establish a positive relationship with the students in my class and for them to get to know each other. Is it so important to start building a caring classroom community on the first day when the students walk in the door. I created a new item with all of my favorite “All About Me” activities titled All About Me: Back to School Activities, Class Books, Posters, and Mini Book!
My first class book every year is ALL ABOUT US! Each student has his or her own page that is all about that student. It includes individual pictures and photos their families, their favorite things, what they like to do and the sentence “I am special because ____.” This is the most loved and read book in my classroom! Everyday during read around the room, there is a group of students huddled around this book. It is a great way for the kids to get to know each other and build a strong, caring classroom community! I send their All About Me project home on the first day, or you can send it home at open house. I ask each student what his or her favorite color is, and I use the favorite color cardstock to print the instructions page. It personalizes the book a little more! I use card stock for the book pages because it stronger. I use the 12X12 size paper or you can use 8X11. As each child brings it back, I have the students share it during our morning meeting. This way we only share a few a day. Then I laminate the pages and the cover (included). Cut, bind it (I use book rings) and the class book is complete!
Here is the adorable cover I made for our book this school year:
Every year we read Brown Bear Brown Bear in the first few weeks of school. As a follow up activity, we create a class book with the same pattern text! Because it is a pattern text from a familiar book, the students can easily memorize the text pattern. It is a great book to help teach students their friends’ names! With your purchase, I have also included the cover below. Just print and laminate. I use card stock to create the pages and cover so the pages are more durable. For the student pages, have each child draw a self-portrait on their designated page. Some years I have a lot of scribblers so I also glue each students’ photograph to the page as well. You can write the students names on the line, or you can have your students write their names. It will depend on the level of your students. It is fun to include yourself, other teachers, assistants, principals, therapists and/or a nurse in your class book! The last page of the book is “We see everyone looking at us!”. You can have each child draw a small self-portrait on that page or you can glue a class photo on the page.
Here is a picture of the cover and a student page:
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