I'm a big fan of doing writing activities at the beginning of the year. First, I think it's the easiest way to get a quick gauge of your students. You can see their spelling abilities, which often translate to reading abilities in the primary grades. You can see their handwriting. You can identify those "I did it in 30 seconds and I'm DONE!" students. Plus, they're usually something you explain in a few minutes, the kids begin working, and you don't have to give a lot of direct instruction.
I put together a writing stationary set. There are 7 different versions with different prompts. You can let students choose their own, or you can pick a few and do them across a few days.
You can click on any of the pictures above to download the stationary from Google Docs for free.
I also like when students start something at the beginning of the year and finish it on the end. It gives the students a chance to see how much they've grown. It also is something great you can send home to parents. I created a Year Book to do just that!
(This is a sample cover. Students create their own using their own writing and pictures.)
On the first day of school, students draw a self portrait and write their name.
They also complete a short survey answering a few questions about themselves and what they like and aspire to be.
Throughout the year students create additional self-portraits. There are pages for each month, or you could do it just a few times throughout the year. There is also a survey for the last day of school.
At the end of the year, have students design their cover, then laminate it, bind the book, and send it home! You can click on any of the pictures above to go on over to my TpT store to download the file for free!
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