The ReadWriteThink Web site has been providing quality lesson plans, interactive student materials, web resources, and ELA standards to classroom teachers since October of 2002. Highlighted here are examples of some elementary lesson plans with a focus on back to school and creating classroom community.
Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together
The success of a year-long Book Buddy program hinges on those first few days at the beginning of the year. As intermediate and primary students are first introduced, they have the opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level by experiencing the writing process together.
Creating Classroom Community By Crafting Themed Poetry Collections
Back to school means new teachers, new classmates and many unanswered questions. In this lesson, students create poetry collections with a back-to-school theme of “getting to know each other.”
Opening the Door for Reading: Sharing Favorite Texts to Build Community
Students focus on reading and creating classroom displays focused on favorite texts in this lesson plan. The class explores environmental print in the classroom then focuses specifically on a teacher-created display that focuses on a favorite book. After exploring the teacher’s display, students create their own presentations on their favorites. By sharing favorite books in this way, teachers and students build community by getting to know more about one another.
Creating Class Rules: A Beginning to Creating Community
On the first days of school, students are led through a process for establishing year-long goals and needs for the classroom. These become the classroom guidelines which are used as a foundation for continuous community-building in the classroom.
Graphic Life Map Student Interactive Tool
The Graphic Map Student Interactive Tool offers a more extended and visual way for students to share information about themselves.
Developing a Living Definition of Reading in the Elementary Classroom
Using the guiding question, "What is reading?" this lesson invites students to interact with a variety of different texts as they attempt to uncover the skills necessary to successfully interact with the text. Based upon the discussion that follows, students will create a living definition of reading.
Developing a Definition of Reading through Analysis in Middle School
Students will investigate the reading process to develop a working definition of texts and reading. Students will brainstorm alone and together what they will need as a reader to successfully read and understand the text given to them. Students will develop a working definition of reading which they will refine during the year.
Our Classroom: Writing an Owner’s Manual
There are many back to school activities that take place to help create classroom community. It is important for students to feel that they belong in their classroom. They need to feel that they own the space and the learning that takes place in it. Foreground such ownership for students by collaboratively writing an owner’s manual that describes the classroom’s areas and procedures. The completed manuals can be shared at Open House or when new students join the classroom.