When I moved into first grade many years ago, I had my über talented dad write me a rules rap. My goal with this ditty was/is to present the rules to my new crew of kiddos in a fun and very memorable way.
Here's how this one typically plays out. After they finish their "About Me" work on the first day of school, I have my kiddos come to the carpet for our first class meeting. We discuss classroom behaviors and I introduce them to our Fantastic First Grader Rules Chart. Then, to really "bring it on home," I morph into a rap star before their eyes . . . Queen La Teacha! I put on my shades, grab my plastic microphone, put on my bling (see necklace print out below), and hang up large chart paper with the lyrics of the rap written out. The kids' mouths always drop open and they really don't know what to make of their new teacher . . . that's when I know I have 'em :). We go through the rap together once and then I invite some brave kiddos to come up and be rap stars with me. Oh yes, I have shades for them too. We sing this every morning throughout the week . . . new rap stars come up . . . and by Friday, they have the rules down pat.
|Here's our first day rappin' last year . . . man, I miss this crew.|
If you want to take this one "all the way," you are going to need some serious teacher bling. Click on the link below to get a copy of my new necklace!! Pay NO attention to my choice of yarn color (it was all I had at home . . . it looks so icky and I will be changing it as soon as I get to school).
|CLICK HERE to download this.|
Thank you KG Fonts, Ashley Hughes, and Fonts for Teachers!!
See . . . UG to the LEE yarn choice :(
Finally, I always follow the rap up on the second or third day with a little writing activity. It has proven to be a great way to get my kiddos to think about and personalize the rules even more. I have made this writing template available for FREE below. There are templates for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Grade. I re-designed these puppies too . . . snag them HERE!Moving on today . . . I wanted to give all you alls a pen pal update. I am FINALLY finished sending out all of the emails. If you didn't receive a match it's because your email bounced back or you haven't checked your email in far too long :) Check out the matches I made (excuse the ratty teacher bags photo bombing my shot) . . .
|More than 750 teachers matched this year!|
Thank you for the help!!
After these two, the Pen Pal Pair Up is officially closed. I am so sorry, but I will not be able to make any more matches this year. I am helping Primary Graffiti with her annual postcard exchange and I start back to work on Wednesday **gulp**. However, if you missed out, don't worry. Check back next July to get in on the action.
Finally today, you have only a few more hours to score an amazing ALL STAR SCHOOL YEAR BUNDLE at 85% off. We are talking 24 fabulous items that are perfect for 2-3rd grade teachers. Click on the button below to learn more!!
Alright, I am off to work on my Baseball/Teamwork pack. This thing is going to be the death of my hygiene today and tomorrow, but it's my team's new B2S theme and I just can't let 'em down. Hugs y'all . . . we can do this :)