Soon summer will be over and the new school year will begin. The first week of kindergarten will be full of new beginnings with our brand new students. Do you need help creating lesson plans for the first week of this new kindergarten school year? Keep reading for lesson plans as well as freebies to download for your new students.
The first week of kindergarten is all about introductions to one another, rules and procedures of the school and the classroom, as well as getting familiar with the various parts of the classroom. Even though there is typically a ton of emotions, there is at least an underlying excitement for this new experience.
First Week Of School Lesson Plans
Lesson plans will help you maintain academic structure and your schedule throughout the year, but especially during the first week with your new little learners. Making sure your have activities pre-planned allows for a much smoother school day. Here is an example of the activities I have planned out along with a downloadable **Freebie** editable lesson plan template.
One of the fun activities for this week is an Insta-Portrait. The students are asked to draw a self portrait and write their name. This is a fun, engaging, and meaningful way to introduce each student, as well as, start the academic process of teaching letter recognition and writing skills. It is also teaching where supplies are located and when they are finished, how to clean them up.
This is also a fantastic assessment tool. Observing the students during this activity can help determine what levels the kindergarteners are at with fine motor skills, handwriting, drawing and coloring, as well as following directions.
Name Activity Freebie
Another fabulous **FREEBIE** is this printable name activity will help kids explore their names. This is typically the first word that students truly learn to spell and most kids really love to write it. Of course it is their name!!
For this activity, take sticky notes and write a letter of the child’s name on each note. You can put them in order or mix them up and ask the child to put them in order. (This depends on how far into learning to spell their name the child is.) The next area is to rewrite their name on the space. Next they can count how many letters are in their name using the number line. They can then be able to answer the question in the last section. The next part is to write one letter in each box. Then on the line write how many letters are in their name. This is a fun activity for the first week of school because it helps them explore various topics, including writing, spelling, number lines, and more. Head over to THIS post to download your Build Your Name Freebie!
Back To School Kit
Need routine paperwork in one easy download? This new product a must have for teachers to give out on first day of kindergarten or open house night.
Check out blog post “First Day of Kindergarten” for more ideas and “4 Name Activities Perfect For Little Learners From TikTok” for more name activities.