Our Class is a Family and A Letter From Your Teacher on the First Day of School by Shannon Olsen are two of the newest titles to get the soundscape treatment. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Olsen’s picture books resonate with teachers in the classroom. 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.
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, has a lot to say 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.
Sticky Notes & Role Play!
Create a poster and invite students to write ways they can celebrate, respect, and support each other on sticky notes. Role-play together to demonstrate what these qualities look like in action. Learn more from @terrificteachingwithmrslong