Back to School a Great First Day of School Activity for Grades 1-3

Sunshine and Lollipops


  • Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
  • Subjects: Reading, Writing
  • Product Type: N/A
  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

Product Description

Tried and true back to school activity for grades 1-3. Can be used as a getting to know you activity, Open House idea, Parents' Night idea and a year long bulletin board.

Picture me in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Grade: A great first day of school activity!

Copy enough templates on card stock so each child can pick one that suits his/her personality or style.

Have each child decorate their person with crayons or markers.

Run off the “Picture Me” frames so that there is enough for each child. Have each child fill out the appropriate form for their grade level.

Hot glue a clothespin with a foam decoration and/or child’s name. Attach the foam Letter or decoration ( I usually use the a glittery first letter of their name) to the clothespin for display. Then hang up the people outside your classroom. ( you can also have a small group share, whole group share, partner share or circulate a private teacher share before hanging up the people).
One idea that I have used is to have partners share their pages and person then share out one thing they learned about their partner in a whole group setting. After have the class share some facts they learned about their classmates!

Keep these on a bulletin Board or in the hallway to display children’s work all year long. All you have to do is change out the sheet in the clothespin.

The kiddos have enjoyed this project for many years and it is always a big hit with parents on Back to School Night or Open House! You can use it as a guessing game for parents to pick out which is their child and cover their name or initial on the clothespin with a sticky!

Thank you for downloading this product, browsing, purchasing, inspiring and for following my store!!! I hope this brings a little sunshine your way!


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Sunshine and Lollipops
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Welcome! I am so happy that you found Sunshine and Lollipops a place where YOU (new primary teachers, student teachers as well as parents and seasoned teachers) will not only find dazzling, creative, differentiated resources and ideas to sweeten and challenge young minds, but also a place to find ways to add a little sparkle to your teaching style so you can continue to SHINE! These sensational ideas and lessons will motivate your students and transcend them into the brilliant land of learning where they will discover ways to become life long learners in a melodious classroom environment that fosters and values teaching and learning.  A place where each child is treasured for his uniqueness and will become an active member of your classroom. 
 I learned a LOOOOOng time ago that a little sweetness goes a long way so I have tried to look at the positive side of life as a retired teacher of 30+ years, a wife, mom and Mimi of three. Who doesn’t want to visit their Mimi and experience a reality “Candyland” game with all kinds of forbidden pleasures like lollipops, Hershey hugs and kisses, cupcakes, brownies and all those sugary treats, They can visit and experience the sweetness of Mimi’s and then go back home on a sugary high!
My teaching style was and still is to keep all lessons dazzling, fun, hands on and whatever each child needs to learn and grow! I LOVE to differentiate instruction as much as I can! Let’s face it, each year you get a classroom full of kiddos as different as a box of chocolates...Each piece might look pretty much the same on the outside, but when you take a bite, you can see and taste the difference...all sugary and sweet, but different in many ways!
I hope you enjoy using all these lessons and ideas as much as I did during my teaching career. Have fun and remember to enjoy each day because it is definitely a SWEET TREAT!! 



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