new student packets. the teacher makes 5 extra of everything at the beginning of the school year so that when a new student comes midyear, she has a name tag, beginning of the year info, labels for folders/journals, etc. for the student.
Back to school idea - "We're looking back on summer, this is what we see!" Have students draw pictures of things they have done over summer break in sunglasses. You could also do it for things students are looking forward to this year.
A fun graphic organizer for students to share lots of information about themselves. A great start of school year activity to be displayed in your classroom. Or simply have students create it so you can collect it and learn about them.
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I think I could make my own version of this. This back to school resource unit can be utilized over the first few weeks of Grade One. (It would also be suitable as an end of year thematic unit for Kindergarten.