To help the students adjust in a fun way I like to do There's A Monster in my Room Activity. I like to start this activity by reading the book I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll.
In this activity the students draw a monster (in secret.) They then write a paragraph (or two) describing their monster. The key is telling the students to be as descriptive as possible. I let them know that the students goal is to write a description so well that someone could draw an identical monster. Then the following day we do just that. The students receive a classmates paragraph and try to draw the monster based on it. Once they are finished we compare the monsters (normally the next day.) It is a great way for the students to see how important it is to write specific details in an organized way. I wish I had pictures of them, but I wasn't blogging back in September so I didn't take any. I'll be sure to share some pictures this fall when we do it again.
The students love this activity because it gives them a chance to draw and write. I love this activity because it is so memorable. When the students need to be more descriptive or organized I am able to refer back to this activity and they remember it.
Even though I have used this monster activity for years, it is a new product to my TPT store. I'd like to give a free copy to the first three people that leave their e-mail address in the comments below.
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