Thursday, July 21, 2011

Back to School Activities - Free Sample and Whole Body Listening Download!

I finally, completed my 71 page Back to School Writing Prompts and Activities packet! Click {here} to check out the packet on TpT.  I have been doing these activities in my classroom for a number of years now.  The packet contains 10 different back to school activities, an extensive back to school picture book list, and four file folder word walls with pictures.  The packet focuses on the first week of school and on establishing classroom rules and routines.  I am a firm believer in establishing rules and routines the first two weeks of school.  This packet reflects that, with over half of it dedicated to activities that will help create an effective classroom environment.  Lessons scaffold off picture books such as First Day Jitters, Know and Follow the Rules, The Little Engine that Could, Hands are Not for Hitting, Words are Not for Hurting, Listen and Learn, Mary Wore Her Red Dress, and Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal.

Have you heard of "Whole Body Listening"?  I have created an eight page free sample around the "Whole Body Listening" section of the packet. Click {here} to download the sample.  My school's exceptional speech therapist introduced it to me 10 years ago.  Our school, is home to our district's ABA program of four classes.  I am the consult/inclusion teacher for first grade and often the mainstreaming classroom for the first grade ABA students.  "Whole Body Listening" is based on an article by Susan Poulette (see below for mor info).  We use a "Whole Body Listening" social story at our school and we use the term for appropriate listening skills.  Social stories work well with ABA students (students on the autism spectrum) to explain appropriate behavior.  Social stories also work well with general education students.  For more information on "Whole Body Listening" download my sample.


*Susanne Poulette, a New York speech pathologist coined the term "Whole-Body Listening" with this article (click {here} to read it): Whole-Body Listening: Developing Active Auditory Skills, Susanne P. Truesdale Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools Vol.21 183-184 July1990.

20 comments:

  1. that looks incredible, erica! I feel like I haven't "spoken" to you in for-ev-er!
    Hope all is well!!

    lanesha =)

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  2. Looks very interesting! I can't seem to get the sample to come up...only the whole packet! I'm sure I'm missing something! LOL

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  3. Lanesha, I know! I have been beaching it a lot this month and relaxing on the freelance work. How are you doing?
    Christis, I just made it so that the sample is now in google docs. I hope this helps.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! A wonderful package (I LOVE the Whole Body Listening poster!).

    Alessia
    Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

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  5. Hi, I am a new follower, I am not a teacher but I have 2 kids... I guess I'm a kind of teacher right? I like your blog and I'm going to tell my daughter's 1st grade teacher about it. Have a great day!

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  6. Love this Erica! Thanks so much for all of your hard work!
    -Rachelle
    whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  7. yes for some reason the $8.00 one comes up but not the sample! :(

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  8. Can you help us to get the sample? Thanks!

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  9. The Sherman Four and Stacey, to get the google docs version go to where it says "click {here} to download the sample." It is working for me when I click it. Let me know if you get it from there. Also, when you click on the pictures, it should take you to TpT where you can click "download preview file" and it will also download from there.

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  10. This sample is great. I use Whole Brain Teaching techniques and this really supports what they are all about. My 2nd graders love WBT and so do I! Cant wait to use this too!
    Rachel
    www.mrslambsclass.blogspot.com

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  11. Thanks for the cute freebies. I love the ideas you have...so good. I have some great freebies on my blog now. Come check them out. I love freebies.
    -Lauren
    www.weeklyhive.blogspot.com

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  12. I love to use social stories with my autistic students and I know the whole body listening poster with come in handy for my two autistic students I will have this coming school year. Thanks for sharing!
    Jodi
    Fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  13. These are awesome! Thanks!

    http://frozenin3rdgrade.blogspot.com/

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  14. Would you consider posting your lesson plans for the 1st week? I've bought the packet and am trying to plug in what should go where and how long each activity might take... it'd be great to see how you managed in the past. dbs0786@gmail.com Thank you! I've spent all summer following your blog...love it!

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  15. I love the whole body listening poster and have it hanging in my preschool room. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Erica, thank you so much for the sample packet. I am not a teacher but I try to help out at home as much as possible so I use these resources around the house and am so grateful for such a wonderful resource!

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