So this idea came to me when I realized at the beginning of last school year that a TON of my students came to school and DID NOT know their birthday! My literacy coach was doing a pull out group with ELL students and came back and reported the same thing months later.
I'm creating a mini-unit that will include tons of super fun birthday activities, and a study of the months. This will be perfect for those first few weeks of school.
I also don't want to admit this but i *hate* celebrating birthdays in school. Our district has a wellness policy- so they ask parents not to bring in cakes and cookies and I have to tell them no.
I'm not totally ungrateful. I learned my lesson my first year of teaching when a parent brought in a FULL-BLOWN-PARTY for my class (different school district). I'm talking: table cloths, party hats, and noisemakers. Took up an hour and a half. Oops.
LOL. I'm so embarrassed! Oh no I di-int let this happen!! Seriously, there was all but a blow-up Jump Jump and petting zoo in the back of the school. Ha ha ha. =)
SO in an effort to avoid turning my classroom into Chuck E. Cheese's but still celebrate and recognize birthdays, I'm creating a mini unit called:
"GO FIRST GRADE, IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!"
* Study the months (Holidays etc...)
* Make birthday "presents" for each other. These activities will be made at one time, then stored away by me. Then, when the day comes around- there is no scrambling for a birthday pencil and certificate- we already made a fun present!
*Have fun with lots of birthday related balanced literacy activities and thinking sheets
*Read lots of Birthday themed books (book list will be included with accountable talk prompts- of course!)
*Shared Reading: Original Poetry by Yours Truly :)
* Do a little birthday themed math
* Printable book for guided reading
*Anchor Charts for each month of the year