Our school mascot is the alligator, so I am starting the year with a couple days of lessons surrounding the alligator! Our classroom already has a frog theme this year, so I am thinking the alligator stuff will fit in perfectly!
We are going to start with an Alligator Escape Room activity. I am hoping that it gets the table groups working together, communicating, listening, and learning where stuff is in our classroom. Click here to purchase the Alligator Escape Room pack!
The escape room should take the students much of the morning time to finish. It includes a reading paragraph, some math, a video to watch with questions, and two fun STEM challenges! Students get a sheet to complete as they are going through the Escape Room! When they finish, I got plastic alligators to give each student! I grabbed these alligators on Amazon, click here for the link.
We are also going to read the picture book If you Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON’T! by Elise Parsely. It is such a funny story! Click here for the book link!
We are going to use this picture book as a mentor text and we are going to write our own funny stories using cause and effect (got to get started on those curriculum standards right away)! Click here to purchase this writing pack!
We are also going to grow our own alligators! This science lab is just AMAZING to students because the allgiators get SO big! We start school on a Thursday, so by Monday these gators will be HUGE! We place one of these in a plastic tub of water. The kids take some measurements on day 1 and on day 5! You can sometimes find these at the Dollar Tree. Click here for the link to the growing toy!
The students will each have their own smaller alligator to grow! You can also do one per group! These can be purchased at Educational Innovations. Click here for the link. We use this pack for our smaller growing alligators. Click here to purchase the Growing Gators pack!
What are you going to do during your first few days at school?