Make a Big Welcome Book

Social Studies

Students will work as a team to create a “Welcome Book” to help new students feel at ease, and to express a personal view of their school and themselves.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Help students brainstorm what information they might include in a Welcome Book for new students by asking questions such as the following:
    • What do you like best about your school?
    • What would you tell a new student to help that person feel at ease?
    • What rules does a new student need to know?
  2. Make a list of students' ideas. Then give each student a large sheet of drawing paper and let the students work in small groups to create big-book pages for a class Welcome Book. You may want to suggest the following ideas:
    • Draw a picture of yourself with your name at the bottom.
    • Draw a picture map of your classroom. Label the reading corner, coat closet, desks, bookshelves, or other areas.
    • Write the rules students need to follow in your class.
    • Paste a snapshot of yourself onto a big-book page.
    • Paste a snapshot of your class onto a big-book page.
    • Write something nice about your teacher.
    • Draw a picture of your teacher, the cafeteria, or the playground.
    • Create a “My Favorite…” page, which might be entitled “My Favorite Game at Recess,” “My Favorite Song to Sing in School,” and so forth.
  3. Help students bind their pages into a class Welcome Book. When new students arrive, assign a classroom buddy to present the book to them to look at together or individually. When the new students are ready, encourage each of them to add a page or a snapshot to the Welcome Book.

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