Day 2 of last week - Autograph shirt day / Beginning of year tip

Day 2 - Autograph shirt day - the kids wore shirts that their parents were okay with and all signed each other's shirts today.  It sounds like a little thing but they go nuts over it.  { funny what kids just LOVE } 
Also a fun tip for the beginning of the year...we do bucket filling at our school I know some schools have other things in place but this will work with whatever program you have in place.  Bring in a travel sized toothpaste tube.  Have the kids sit in front of you and start squeezing it out all on the plate...the WHOLE tube.  Their eyes will get big they will think you have gone coo-koo for Coco Puffs.  Then ask them which one of them can put ALL the toothpaste back into the tube.  Now they will really think you are a whack - a - doodle. :o)  Discuss with them how it's impossible to put it back in the tube just like hurtful words are impossible to take back.  Saying sorry is helpful but those words are forever 'out there' and can't be put back in your heart/mind.  It is a fantastic visual for them to see and relate how words and toothpaste can't be undone/unsaid.  I've done it 1st - 3rd grade and it's great at every age.  3 more days!!!

6 comments

  1. What a great idea to use for the bucket filling program. I LOVE it. Thank you for sharing.

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

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  2. Cute toothpaste idea for students to get "being nice" to eachother.

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  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  4. This is a great visual for students not being able to put back hurtful words! Thanks for the idea!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  5. We did t-shirt too, but some of the kids just wrote down all their classmates' names--didn't quite get the concept of an autograph! Maybe I'm creating future forgers! :) I also really like the toothpaste idea-I need to do more community classroom activities like that. Thanks for sharing.

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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