Sunday, August 5, 2012

"New Friends" Back to School Freebie

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Hi, Everybody!

So, how's your classroom set-up coming along? Today I'd like to share a project that will help you fill one of those empty bulletin boards easily in the first week of school.  Your students will love seeing their own faces featured with those of their newest friends! Bonus: it's also an early literacy lesson and a getting-to-know-you activity!

Lots of time is spent on student names in the first weeks of the primary grades, and we all know that there are a wealth of clever, cute, and worthy name-related activities to do ... just look at Pinterest!
This activity/display is also centered on students' names, but it puts them in the context of simple, repetitive sentences to strengthen your students' control of early sight words.

"New Friends" will be a classroom display that's great for Back to School Night and also as a component of your Read Around the Room center activities.  Four different grade-specific headers are included. When you take the display down, use the header as the cover for an instant class book!

The "New Friends" project is posted as a freebie at my TPT store. Click on the picture below to get it!

Happy Teaching!


  1. This book will go perfectly with my friendship unit that we do the first week of school! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Such a cute book! Thanks for the freebie!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Love this...very cute idea! Thanks for sharing in Manic Monday!
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  4. Brilliant tip! Ideal for my friendship project!
    Thank you!

    1. I'm not sure how I missed replying to all of you... so sorry!!
      I'm glad you like the project. I used this with my first grade literacy intervention class, and it gave them lots and lots of practice with high-frequency words, which they really needed. I hope it's worked well for all of you!
      Thanks for your kind comments!


  5. So simple and so perfect! I cannot wait to use this in September.

  6. Enjoy it, Arielle! By the way, the parents totally love these as a display on Back to School Night!


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