At the beginning of the school year teachers often get to know their students through an information worksheet that students fill out about themselves.
These student information sheets are often ideal for a first bulletin board or classroom display for the new school year.
If you are looking for a new, unique, fun, and eye-catching idea for this "get to know me" creative writing activity, take a look at my version of this lesson plan that uses Back To School Bus Templates.
This Back To School Bus Templates set of lesson plans will provide you with all of the teaching resources that you need for your students to fill out an introductory worksheet about themselves during the first week of school.
This fun back to school creative writing activity will help you to be able design a colorful bulletin board display of your students' work.
Since this is a short creative writing assignment, your students can complete this task quickly and you will be able to display samples of your students' work in your classroom by the end of the first or second day of school!
This unique Back to School project is designed to be assembled into one VERY LONG school bus.
If you do not have the space for a long school bus display in your classroom, you can assemble these Back to School bus templates into groups of 5 students together and have 5 or 6 smaller school buses representing all of your students' information sheets together.
Remember, you can make your school bus display as long as you want by gluing as many student bus templates together as you wish. Each student fills in their information section and draws and colors a picture of himself or herself in the bus windows.
Above is an example of how these Back to
School bus templates are assembled together.
This example shows how 5 student worksheets (plus the front of bus and door templates) are glued together.
Instead of drawing pictures, you can glue pictures of your students on the templates.
There is a second set of bus templates that you can use
if you want to glue student photographs in the bus windows.
Although this is a fairly short writing activity, I still have my students complete a first draft. By taking the time to write a first draft, I can ensure that my students' final drafts contain less spelling and capitalization errors.
As my students are filling out their first drafts, I walk around the classroom and read their responses and make comments about the interesting information that I have learned about my new students.
When a student has finished his first draft, he raises his hand, and I go over and quickly glance at his work and point out the mistakes that I feel that he should edit and revise. Then, I give this student his final draft bus template.
Below is an example of the first draft worksheet, which should be cut into two rectangles and given to two students.
Since this set of teaching resources uses the word favorite in it, there is a second set of resources which contains the spelling favourite for teachers in countries that use this spelling.
Above: There are two bus templates that are not given to the students: the front of the bus and the door. On the door template, you will write the grade level, your name, and the name of your school.
Above: Students draw and color a picture inside the school bus windows.
Above: The third bus template (shown on the left) is the template that you will need to make multiple copies of to give to your students.
The fourth bus template (shown on the right) will completed by one student.
Above: With these bus templates, glue photographs of your students in the window areas.
Above: Example of bus templates with student photographs glued in the window areas.
Above: Examples of black and white Back to School bus templates.
Above: If you are unable to print out color copies of this project, there are black and white school bus templates included in this set.
Above: This Back To School set of lesson plans includes 12 pages of road signs which you can use as bulletin board accent pieces to help you decorate your bulletin board display of your students' work.
Above: This set includes a 5 page road banner that you can assemble together and use for your bulletin board display if you wish.
Above: I do not have a photograph example of this finished school bus project. Above is an example of my School Bus Book Reports which are very similar (they are shorter in length and contain a different writing component). Hopefully this picture will give you an idea of what a finished bulletin board display using these projects would look like.
Are you interested in a Back to School group project for
your students to complete that uses matching school bus templates?
Amelia Bedelia has been making children laugh since 1963, when the first Amelia Bedelia book was published. Herman Parish is the nephew of Amelia Bedelia's creator, Peggy Parish, and the author of fourteen books about Amelia Bedelia, the grown up.
Now, for the first time, you can introduce your students to the young Amelia Bedelia as she experiences her first day of school.
Even as a youngster Amelia Bedelia takes everything literally, including gluing herself to her seat. She is a challenge to her teacher, who is also having her first day of school.
On my Amelia Bedelia First Day of School Lesson Plans page you will find two unique projects that I have created specifically to go along with this humourous back to school picture book.
Below are examples of the group project school bus templates
that I have created for Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School.
Click on the link below to read more information about this picture book and to
view the lesson plans that I have created for this Back to School read aloud book.
Are you interested in a book report project for your
students to complete that uses matching school bus templates?
Do you want a fun and colorful book report idea for your students that will make them want to hop on board the reading bus?
These bus shaped book report projects will provide you with all of the teaching resources that you need for your students to write about the sequence of the events (beginning, middle, and end) that occur in their books.
Traditionally, requiring students to write about the sequence of events of a book is a task that most students find quite boring. By using these uniquely shaped school bus graphic organizers, you will be paving the way for your students to complete these writing tasks with enthusiasm.
Below are examples of the first draft worksheets and
final draft templates for my school bus book report project.
Click on the link below to read more information about this
book report project and to view the lesson plans that I have
created for this bus shaped reading response project.
Thank you for visiting my Back To School Bus Templates creative writing page.
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