This summer I've been taking a class based upon the above book. I've always felt strongly about building a positive classroom community, and was looking for some new ideas and strategies to build a strong community with my new first graders this fall. This is a FABULOUS book and I have learned so many new ideas and already have my Morning Meeting built into my schedule for the 2012-2013 school year. If you have any tips we'd definitely LOVE to hear howThe Morning Meeting works for you!
And now onto a cute little community building activity that we're going to do with our kiddos on their first day of school!
Looking over Pinterest, I've found several fingerprint tree ideas, but never really found a tree I liked. So after several hours of using Adobe Illustrator, here's a fingerprint tree I created. You could definitely add more fingerprints around your students' fingerprints to make the tree fuller. I will be adding my students' names under each of their fingerprints. If you click on the photo below you'll see a close up of a few fingerprints with names below them. There is also plenty of room on the page for you to add your class name above the tree for extra personalization!
After I made the tree shown above, I decided that I wanted a shorter trunk so I created 3 different trees all with different sized trunks. If you'd like a set too, just click the picture below for your copy!
Have a FANTASTIC rest of the week!