The first day of school has all kinds of emotions… excitement, joy, nervous, happy, overwhelmed… Each student and teacher experiences differently. For kindergartners, it may be their first time being away from home for an extended amount of time. To make students feel welcome, comfortable and part of a community it is a good idea to plan a school tour to meet the staff and get familiar with the school building.
A fun and effective way of organizing a school tour is to have it be lead by a storybook character who had the same feelings your student was nervous about. A character that is experiencing their first day with a positive outcome. I will my favorite first day of school read-alouds, particularly books that translate well into a school tour.
The resource included in this blog post is a generic school tour scavenger hunt activity.
SCHOOL TOUR CARDS
This resource is intended to help you introduce the school and school community to in coming students. The scavenger hunt is generic so that you can use it with the book of your choice. I would recommend that the book you choose has the theme of going to school, perhaps some anxiety about starting school.
You will read the story, then the character you choose will have left the cards around the school. The first card will be found at the end of the book, just fill in the blanks with the names of your staff and with the term you use to call each class.
The first class you will visit is art, the second is gym, then the music room, school nurse, cafeteria, library, main office, and back to your classroom to have a snack. Remember to put your class card on your door as you are leaving! It is also fun to coordinate your snack with the book of your choice.