Are you looking for a fun Back to School lesson plan idea that involves your students getting to know each other?
Your students will enjoy completing this unique project on the first day of school. They will have fun getting to know their new classmates by interviewing them and writing about their partners inside their classmate interview megaphone templates.
You will be able to quickly create a colorful bulletin board display on the very first day of school by using your students' finished megaphone projects.
This set of Back To School teaching resources also includes a colorful circus themed bulletin board banner and additional megaphone accent pieces.
The classmate interview megaphone templates are on one worksheet and they are easy to cut out. These templates measure 10 inches in width and 6.5 inches in height.
This set of Classmate Interview Megaphone Templates contains the following components:
This is a fun activity for your elementary school students to complete during the first week of school, but you could also use these lesson plans any time during the school year.
Begin by grouping your students into pairs and giving each of your students the two interview worksheets which contain questions for students to ask their partners. Below are examples of these two interview worksheets.
Above: Classmate Interview Worksheets
Since the interview questions use the word favorite in it, there is a second copy of this resource which uses the spelling favourite for teachers in countries that use this spelling.
After students have completed their interviews, they should begin writing their first drafts. For creative writing assignments, I believe that it is important for students to go through the steps of the writing process.
For this reason, my students never begin their creative writing assignments by writing on their final draft megaphone templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets.
After my students have written their first drafts, they edit and revise their work on their own, with a partner, or in individual writing conferences with me.
Below is an example of the first draft worksheet that is included in this set of teaching resources. The writing lines and spaces on the first draft worksheets match the lines and spaces on the final draft megaphone templates.
Above: Classmate Interview First Draft Worksheets
After your students have edited and revised their first drafts, you should give them their final draft megaphone templates.
The megaphone template is on one printable worksheet and has thick borders, which makes it easy for students to cut out the templates themselves.
The area between the megaphone and the handle should also be cut out. Since this is a bit tricky for some students, I cut this area out myself for my students before I give them their final draft megaphone templates.
In order to give the finished bulletin board display of these projects more variety, I have designed classmate interview megaphone templates that face left and right. I give half of my class left templates and the other half right templates.
Below are examples of the final draft classmate interview megaphone templates.
Example: Left Megaphone Template
Example: Right Megaphone Template
Above: Color Classmate Interview Megaphone Templates
Above: Megaphone Bulletin Board Accent Pieces
This set of teaching resources includes grade level (1 - 8) bulletin board
accent pieces for you to use on your classroom bulletin board display.
There are 8 separate sets of these megaphones for Grades 1 - 8.
Below are the examples for the Grade 3 set.
Above: Grade 3 Accent Pieces
Grades 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are not shown.
All over town, Ivy Green and the school employees are getting ready for the first day of school.
It is the day before school starts and Ivy Green is buying new shoes and a lunch box. This picture book also focuses on some of the important people who work at a school: bus driver, custodian, principal, and teacher.
Miss Wheeler, the bus driver, is going over her route and has many new stops to learn. Mr. Handy, the custodian, is buffing the floors and arranging furniture. Mr. Masters, the principal, is reading over his notes and organizing welcome signs and materials. Ms. Bell, Ivy's teacher, is hanging alphabet letters and writing name tags.
The story shows what everyone is doing the day before school starts to get ready, the dreams that they have that night, and the morning of the first day of school.
First Day Hooray Lesson Plans page you will find a unique project that
I have created specifically to go along with this cute back to school picture book.
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.
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