Classroom Resources

Monthly Themes

All About Me

Writing Prompt

Personal Narrative:

Have students write a paragraph that tells about a time they helped a friend or family member.

Activities

Grades K–2: Art/Language Arts
Personal Outline

With the help of older students or adults, trace the students' bodies on long lengths of paper. Then have the students decorate the shapes by adding facial details and clothing. Students can use colored markers or, if available, real pieces of fabric. Have the students dictate or write stories about themselves to accompany their silhouettes. Students can also label parts of the body.

Grades K–1: Social Studies
On the Block Where I Live

Students will enjoy identifying specific characteristics of their own neighborhoods and sharing the information with their classmates.

  • Where I Live
  • http://www.eduplace.com/activity/neighborhood.html
Grades K–2: Language Arts
A “Me” Day

Have each student put together a “me” bag including favorite toys and other personal objects (sports item, trophy, doll, book, and so forth) that have special importance. Then have a “me” presentation day in which students show and discuss the importance of the items with classmates.

Grades K–2: Language Arts
Self-Portrait

Show students a variety of famous self-portraits. Then have students study themselves in a mirror and create their own self-portraits. Each student can dictate or write important facts on his or her picture.

Grades K–2: Language Arts/Art
A Story of One's Own

As students grow up they learn more about themselves and the people around them. Have them create their very own personal books. You may want to keep the books in a classroom library for students to read.

Grades K–2: Science
Fingerprints

Have a class discussion on individual physical differences, such as hair and eye color, height, and right- and left-handedness. Explain that while some people may have certain characteristics in common, everyone has a unique set of fingerprints. Make fingerprints of some or all of your students, using a stamp pad (the washable type) and paper. Have the students examine the fingerprints closely to see how they are different. Provide magnifying glasses if possible.

Grades K–2: Social Studies
Role Drawings

Students will develop a better appreciation of the roles they fill in their families and community by showing some of the different aspects of their lives. Have the students draw pictures to share with classmates.

  • All of Me
  • http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/all/all.html
Grades K–2: Art
Me to a Tee

Have the students use their artistic skills to create Me-shirts that express something important about themselves.

  • Me-shirt
  • http://www.eduplace.com/activity/shirt.html
Grades K–2: Social Studies/Mathematics
Capsule Bio

Have the students record and graph information about themselves and the class to be included in a time capsule. At the end of the year, have the students open the capsule to see how they have changed.

Grades K–2: Art
Me in Pictures

Students will have fun making personal collages representing things they consider important.

  • Where Am I?
  • http://www.eduplace.com/activity/where.html
Grades K–2: Art/Social Studies
Classroom “Squares”

Have students share special events from their lives with their classmates by making a classroom quilt.

Grades K–2: Language Arts
Sign Here

The “stars” and role models in your students' lives are often their personal friends, family members, teachers, and classmates. Have the students compliment these special people by collecting their autographs.

Grades 1–2: Science
Measuring Up

Give the students a length of string, yarn, or rope to measure the length, width, and circumference of different parts of the body. Challenge the students to find similarities and differences in the measurements they make.

Grades 1–2: Art/Social Studies
Personal Dates

With the help of an older student, friend, or family member, have the students create personal calendars of special dates of the special people in their lives.

Grades 1–2: Social Studies/Art
Collect Them All!

All the big-league players have them. Your students can, too. Have the students create personalized trading cards to keep or share with their friends.

Grades 1–2: Social Studies
Birthday Pages

Have your students create pictures to celebrate themselves and their birthdays.

Grades 1–2: Social Studies
A Year of Virtues

Have your students create a calendar illustrating positive character traits.

Grades 1–4: Language Arts
Pleased to Meet You!

Have students get to know their new classmates and then write acrostic poems about their new friends.

Grade 2: Language Arts
“Me” Word Finds

Have students find “All About Me” words hidden in a puzzle.

  • All About Me (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/september/pdf/allaboutme_wf.pdf
  • All About Me Answer Key (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/september/pdf/allaboutme_wf_key.pdf
Grade 2: Language Arts
Words Within a Word

Have students see how many words they can find in the word “myself” (“my,” “self,” “me,” “fly,” “yes,” “elf,” “elm,” “elms”).

Grade 2: Social Studies
A Personal Welcome!

Put your students to work as a team. Have them create a “welcome book” to help new students feel at ease and to express personal views of their school and themselves.

Grade 2: Social Studies/Math
Similar and Different

Have students explore the ways in which they are similar and different from each other.


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