Crafts for the Begin of Year

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  1. natelukesmom

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    I teach 1st grade & I'm looking for cute crafts for the beginning of the year. Something the kids can make on the first/second day of school. My theme is 'racing' this year, so maybe even something to do with that. Thoughts? Maybe construction paper cars w/ their picture?? (I'm not creative though, so I wouldn't know how to do this). Ideas....?
     
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    My "theme" if you want to call it that... was ocean. I didn't go all overboard with it... just border around my whiteboard, bulletin board and door. Anyway, I made copies of a black & white fish (about 3 inches tall) clip art. On the first day of school, they each colored a fish. I glued them to blue paper and laminated them. I cut them into about 3 inch strips. So each kid had a 3-inch strip of blue paper with their colored fish. I taped clothespins to the back and connected them to a regular big piece of blue construction paper that was stapled to the wall. This is where I displayed their work. Each time I wanted to hang something up, I'd slide it under the clothespins. Nevermind... too hard to explain!

    I was thinking you could do the same with race cars. But I'm sure you can't get a visual.
     
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    I think I understand. Make a construction paper car, laminate, and put a clothespin on the back to hold up their work?? That actually sounds cute.

    Any other ideas?
     
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    How about a car cut-out or a tire shape that they can decorate with drawings/words of the things that are important about them?

    Kids can weave black and white paper to make 'racing flags'....
     
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    I like to do phonics people. I use the gingerbread die cut from our school and I made patterns for the clothes. Students used their first name and wrote a sentences about something they liked that began with the same letter as their first name. For example, Tara likes trampolines.

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    I like all these ideas!! I might even be able to find 'car' cut-outs and have them write things about themselves.
     
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    What about using a race car with their birthday on it to make a birthday chart? Each month could have a race track (simple enough to make) and then all the Sept birthdays go (in order) on the Sept track, October on the Oct track, etc.
     
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    I like that idea. I'm thinking of doing a board outside the classroom that says "We're racing our way to a great year" and making a race track, then maybe having them all put their "car" on the track? I just have to think of a creative way to make the cars.

    I also think the idea of weaving checkered flags sounds cool, and I like the idea of them writing about themselves...so many choices, ahh...
     
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    Ms. Yi...I love that! I might have to steal your idea!
     
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    How about "painting" with cars. You can buy packs of 6 at The Dollar Tree. Let them dip them in paint and drive them around the paper.
     
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    What will be your focus? Sharing? Working together? Word Study? I think that even if you do nothing that has any "learning value" you can still say "Today we are going to take a closer look at sharing. I have placed some supplies on every table. You will all need to share these supplies. You will be making _______. Watch as I do it, then you will go do the same thing while sharing the supplies."
     
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    And of course don't forget your beginning of the year portraits!
    Oh and we use paper plates, yarn, construction paper and markers/crayons to make our faces. We hang them around our class promise. I think I got it from Debbie Miller.
     
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    Yes, I definitly would like it to be educational. I'm thinking maybe "phonics" cars like someone suggested. They can write something like "Nathan likes nuts." on the car. I have to find out if we have car cut-outs on our ellison machine at school. If not, I'll have to make a pattern that they can trace. :) Oh yes, and sharing is always a good "first" for the first day of First grade!!
     
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    You could do this in a form of a pictograph to incorporate math and have it hanging up all year and then when you hit the graphs unit, tie it in.
     
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    I love the paper plate portraits! My kids have a ball doing them, too! Lynn - do you put "googly eyes" on them?
     
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    umm.. I set them out and they can use them if they want.
     
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    me too, lol - but I put the two dots of glue!
     
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    oh! haha. well mine are the sticker kind, lol.
     
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    how do you have the students attach the hair? It took forever for the glue'd down yarn to dry last year - and glue sticks were a waste of time on things that heavy/3d
     
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    I actually didn't use yarn - even though I typed it earlier. i used those paper strips. They come in bags - I just saw some at Michael's today. It like shredded colored paper. We have a glue mini-lesson before hand... "a drop is a lot" and "the rule for glue is a little will do"... We talk about holding the paper down for a few seconds.

     
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    Good Idea! I was already planning on doing a birthday board. ;)
     

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