When parents drop off school supplies on Meet the Teacher night, you may tuck their crayons nicely away in student desks or place them in a colorful tubs on the tables to share as community supplies, but do your students know how to use them correctly?
During the first week of school I taught nothing, but rules and procedures and that included how to use their school supplies. I am not only talking about putting them where they belong, but how to USE them correctly in OUR classroom. Establishing these expectations early made it easy for my learners to complete projects and activities during the school year.
I have resources available in my Back to School for Little Learners pack that can help you teach your students these skills and expectations and for the next three days I will be showing you how I use these resources during the first week of school.
How to Use Crayons in the Classroom
Many students have crayons at home, some are taught to respect their crayons and care for them while others are never taught how to use them. So, during the first week we come together on the carpet to ‘meet’ our crayons. We begin by reading the book The Crayon Box That Talked and discuss how when our crayons are used correctly they can create AMAZING pictures!
We then learned the song “I Can Color” from my Back to School for Little Learners pack and discuss the rules of our crayons.
1. We will use our crayons to create our BEST work.
2. We will be gentle with our crayons so they don’t break.
3. We will put our crayons in the correct place when we are done.
Afterwards, we put these rules or expectations into practice with a simple coloring page, of course! The learners practice holding the crayons correctly, being gentle, coloring their best (using the appropriate color and as neatly as possible) and putting the crayons in their supply box when their work is done.
By setting expectations for children of how to respect our classroom materials and modeling those procedures at the beginning of the school year, you are providing your students with the basic tools they need to succeed, so that you can focus on differentiated and small group instruction in the future.
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