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Channel your students' enthusiasm the first day of school with these activities and bulletin board ideas for back to school fun! Here is what you will need to prepare the board:
- Blue chart paper
- Clear cellophane
- Fish shapes cut out of various colors of construction paper
- Black Sharpie marker
- The following letters cut out of black construction paper (c, e, f (2), h (2), i, l, n, o (3), s (3), w)
- The correct letters cut out of black construction paper to spell out the teacher's name
- One apostrophe cut out of black construction paper
- Use the blue paper to line the bulletin board. Cover completely.
- Use the fish template to the right to trace fish shapes in a variety of colors - enough so that each child in the class has one.
- Use the scissors to but out the fish.
- Use the black Sharpie marker to write each student's name on one fish (first and last name).
- Use the stapler to attach the shapes to the blue paper on the bulleting board.
- Above the fish, use the black construction paper letter cut-outs to write "(Teacher's name)'s new school of fish"
- Cover the whole board in cellophane so that it will appear as if you are looking into the ocean.
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Students love to be read to! A great ice breaker is reading the story The Rainbow Fish, by author Marcus Pfister. After reading the story spend some time discussing the importance of getting to know new friends on the inside, and not simply judging people by how they look on the outside. As a follow-up, let the students create their own Rainbow fish using chalk. You may even wish to have students work in pairs for this activity - to encourage new friendship.
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Other Read-Aloud Titles
Here are several other read-aloud titles you might wish to consider using with your back to school activities:
- What's It Like to Be a Fish?, by Wendy Pfeffer
- The Pout-Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen
- Dear Fish, by Chris Gall
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Students will have fun solving math story problems using Goldfish crackers as counters, or to act out a story. For older children, consider pairing with a buddy classroom from a lower grade. Ask your older students to write their own addition or subtraction story problems, and then let the buddy children work together to solve them. For added fun. let the children write their story problems on fish shapes.
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Consider setting up a class aquarium with live fish inside as an on-going lesson about the habitat of fish. Work together as a class on the first day of school to name the fish in your aquarium, and create a class chart indicating observations the students have about the class fish. Over time, you may add to these observations and begin to make some generalizations about fish habitats.
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Share a special snack together. Fill clear plastic cups half-way full with blue Jell-o. Before the Jell-o sets, insert several gummy fish into the cup so that they are suspended in the Jell-o. Serve with a spoon!
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Your students are sure to remember their first day in your class with these activities and bulletin board ideas for back to school. More importantly, they will likely look forward to returning!