Our Class is a Family and A Letter From Your Teacher by Shannon Olsen are two of the newest titles to get the soundscape treatment. Olsen’s picture books have resonated with teachers in the classroom. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she knows well the invisible work that goes into building class community and positive relationships with students.
Our Class is a Family is a book that will help build and strengthen that class community. Kids learn that their classroom is a place where it’s safe to be themselves, it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s important to be a friend to others. Hearing this story read aloud, students are sure to feel a special sense of belonging.
A Letter From Your Teacher on the First Day of School is a picture book to support teachers and students as they set the tone for the new year together. With a sweet and thoughtful tone, this is a read-aloud that helps lay the foundation for a positive relationship between kids and their teachers. Use it to kick off getting-to-know-you activities and class community building.
No Prep Novel Effect Activities
Reading books is a gateway to the imagination. Continue the creativity with activities that reinforce the important takeaways and add fun! Check out some of our favorite classroom activities to pair with Novel Effect’s soundscapes!
Shannon McClintock Miller, a Van Meter Teacher Librarian and Innovator, wrote about Novel Effect activities.
“With Novel Effect’s learning resources parents, teachers, and librarians build connections with little learners before, during and after read-aloud. These educator-developed lessons and activities help guide discussions and pair with our soundscapes for popular children’s picture books.”
Our Class is a Family Activity Roundup
Build Community with Novel Effect Activities
Novel Effect’s Our Class is a Family activity set builds a sense of community among students. As they learn about and empathize with each other, their relationships develop.
Make a Class Family Album!
It will help build classroom community, foster reading and writing skills, and is ideal for back-to-school time during the first week or first day of school.
Friendship bracelets to celebrate and remember your class family will also help to strengthen bonds. For a fun twist, have each student make a bracelet for another! From @borntoedukait
Sticky Notes & Role Play!
Create a poster and invite students to write on sticky notes ways they can celebrate, respect, and support each other. Role-play together as they demonstrate what those qualities look like in action. Learn more from @terrificteachingwithmrslong
Record a Video!
Welcome your students before the first day with a pre-recorded read-aloud! Share with students on a postcard with a QR code link to the video. From @foreverfirstiefriends
Download the Novel Effect app for free to bring these titles and many more stories to life with music and sounds that respond to your voice.