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Picture Fists Full of Kisses

Ease children's back-to-school jitters with this primary grade lesson based on the book The Kissing Hand by Ruth E. Harper. Starting off with a singing of the song "I Wish I Had a Little Red Box", children go on to discuss and create a picture graph of their feelings on the first day of school. Young learners then read about Chester's first day of school before creating a Kisses, Hugs, and Handshakes art project  complementing the story.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pick and choose which of the learning activities to perform based on your class schedule
  • Consider breaking up the lesson over the first week of school
  • Perform some of the activities mentioned in the lesson as teacher led learning centers during language arts rotations
Classroom Considerations

  • Seek the help of a classroom aide, parent volunteer, or upper elementary student to reduce the amount of prep time needed prior to the lesson
Pros

  • Lesson includes a clear step-by-step procedure
  • Children are engaged in learning about their feelings through a series of hands-on activities
  • Numerous suggestions are included for assessing students throughout the lesson
  • Includes a list of extension activities
Cons

  • None
Included Materials

  • Supplemental Lesson Materials
  • Activity
  • Graphic Organizer
  • Song
  • Worksheet