I love having great "Back to School" activities for my students. I think it's so important to make those first few days fun and engaging for your newbies. It sets the stage for the entire year! My absolute favorite activity to do with my 1st graders is a Gingerbread Man hunt. I orginally found this idea on Proteacher and then I created poems to go along with each location. Here's what you do.
1. Place the notes (see attachment below) in the correct places around the school. Arrange for someone to set Little Debbie Gingerbread Man cookies on student's desks while you're on your hunt.
2. Read "The Gingerbread Man."
3. Read the first note (see attachment below) that you have cliped to the back of the book. Make a HUGE deal about how you can't believe that the Gingerbread Man was here and how he left a note.
4.. Explain to the students that you are going to have to go look for him. Tell them that they have to show you how to line up quietly in the hall and walk the right way in order to go on the Gingerbread Man hunt. (This is excellent practice for hallway expectations.)
5. Walk around the school, introducing each important place in the building as you go. Collect the notes and continue making a big deal about each note and how you are getting so close to catching the Gingerbread Man. You will be amazed at how into it they will get.
6. The last note will direct them back to the classroom where they will find a Gingerbread Man on each of their desks. (Make sure you prearrange for someone to do this for you.)
My students remember this all year. I almost always see it at the end of the year written as one of their favorite activities. Download the notes by clicking on the image below.
Now it's your turn!! I would LOVE to hear what your absolute FAVORITE back to school activity is. Link up below. Make sure you post a link back to this blog so others can check out everyone's activities. I am so excited to get even more "Back to School" ideas :) Spread the word so we can get tons of ideas! The party will be open through August 1st.