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Get to Know You Necklace

 I have a feeling you are going to like this one based on the response from the Ready Confetti activity. Again, this is not my original idea. I saw it, spruced it up and I now present it to you to enjoy. This is one of my very favorite first day activities. It's a glyph necklace! The kids follow a glyph to pick beads and then create a necklace with them. Then, as they are all wearing their necklaces they use the follow up activity to learn some things about each other. Cute, right? Here's a glimpse of the glyph and follow up activity:


In the glyph above, I used sports beads, stars and letters. In the past, I've altered the glyph directions and used smiley faces and other assorted shapes along with the regular ol' plastic pony beads. It kind of depends on what I find at Wal-mart or Dollar Tree. Here's a pic of some of the most recent fancy beads I've found. This is what I have left over after using it with my class. You can see there are plenty to split with another teacher peep to keep costs down. There's an example of the necklace in there too. The big plastic letters are my fave.


If you don't dig the necklace, you can always make bracelets, keychains or zipper pulls for backpacks. 
I stick to necklaces and the kids wear them FOR-EV-ER! 
This link will take you to the directions in a PDF just the way you see them above.
This link will take you to a copy in Word that may funkify the fonts so you might have to fix it up.

I hope you enjoy this one and I thank you so very much for hanging out with me in my little corner of this big, giant blogosphere~it means the world to me!

Check out this great linky for more Back to School Ideas hosted by my blog buddy Jodi @ Fun in First:


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26 comments:

  1. I love the necklace idea! I now have an new activity for the first day of school! Thanks!

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  2. What an ADORABLE idea!
    Thanks for sharing!

    =)Beth
    http://inspiredwritingteacher.blogspot.com/

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  3. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I never win these and this was the best giveaway ever! Thanks so much! Can't wait to hear from you!

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  4. Yay Jill!!!
    Congrats!
    I emailed you. let me know if you got it :)

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  5. Man, I totally thought this was me! I'm glad another Jill won. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  6. You have the BEST freebies- thanks for sharing. I will add beads to my shopping list :).

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  7. You had 863 comments in your contest? OMG... must be Teacher Blog Traffic School! =) Amazing!

    Empowering Little Learners!

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  8. Hey, Denise, I do something similar with the necklace idea. I have a pocket chart and the kids earn charms for different reasons either for academic or behavior successes. They accumulate all year in their pocket so they can see them and then on the last day of school we string them onto neon glow in the dark vinyl string. I have a poster hanging in the classroom that explains what each charm is for. It really seems to be motivating for the kids. I will have to blog about it next year and post pictures. Where did you get your charms from?

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  9. That sounds cool Diane! I'd love to see a blog post about that. I got those beads at Walmart last year before school started. I haven't stalked their craft aisle for a while :)

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  10. Right Jennifer?! I'm so grateful for everyone who participated. What a great prize package it enabled me to put together :)

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  11. Love this!! Thanks again for linking up.
    Jodi
    Fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  12. Love this! Thanks for the freebie!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    Busy in Kindergarten!

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  13. What a neat idea! I'm moving to 2nd grade this year so I'm looking forward to doing it the first day of school!

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  14. Love this idea!!! I plan to try it at the beginning of the year!

    http://hoppingintofirstgrade.blogspot.com/

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  15. I did these last year. The kids loved it. Thanks for sharing.
    Fun 2B in First

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  16. This is my first trip to your blog! LOVE IT!! I am leaving 2nd grade for this school year to teach 4th, but will still get lots of inspiration from you I am sure!!

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  17. I like the idea of having something to keep throughout the year and wear from the first day of school. I just started following you. Love your blog! I am picking up your button also!

    Jen

    www.AdventuresinMrsMartinsClass.com

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  18. HELLO! I just found this post (1 year later after you posted it), but I AM SO THANKFUL I DID!
    Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to do this with my 2nd Graders! Smiles and check out my Blog if you haven't done so already!

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  19. Oh I love this idea....may have to try it out this year!!!

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  20. Thank you for the awesome idea, I am headed out to make my purchase now :-) I know my own children LOVE to make these necklaces and they will be a HUGE hit in First Grade !

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  21. Thank you for the awesome idea, I am headed out to make my purchase now :-) I know my own children LOVE to make these necklaces and they will be a HUGE hit in First Grade !

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  22. Love this idea! I want to do this with my first graders, do you think they could do it? Also how long do you make the necklaces? What's a good way to keep the knot from slipping out?

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  23. This Daisy Girl Scout leader also thinks this idea rocks for her girls!

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