brown bags are sent home with each student. Students fill them with items representing each criteria. Once at school we share some of our contents all together.
As always I post my example to my teacher page to give parents an idea of the expectation and to let them know more about myself. I present my bag along with the students (I show them a favourite French and English book as the keeners will panic if I show a French book and they only have an English one!).
In a circle I ask students take out the item that represents a favourite. Do you see someone with something similar to yours? Is there something no one else has?
Hold up what you would like to do better? Use this opportunity to talk about goals for the year.
Photograph the contents, post at a centre with names, students try to match the students in the class with the photos of the items and practice writing friends names (K). In grade 1 students can use the photos as writing prompts as they draw themselves and other students and what they like or don't like.
Voici Madame Wiebe. Elle aime courir. Elle n'aime pas avoir des bébites dans son lit! Dans sa famille on joue le basketball.
I love the Scaredy Squirrel books for the beginning of the year and we read this story together on brown bag day. Thanks to my awesome teaching partner Madame Hamilton who introduced me to this way of getting to know students.