Our Class is a Family: Activity Roundup

Build a strong classroom community with the Our Class is a Family Activity Roundup! Perfect extensions for your next Novel Effect read-aloud.
Our Class is A Family quote

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 FamilyOur Class is a Family book cover 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 SchoolA Letter from Your Teacher on the first day of School book cover 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, 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.

Make a Class Family Album!

Help build classroom community, foster reading and writing skills with a class family album! It is an ideal activity during the first day or week of school. 

Friendship Bracelets!

Friendship bracelets that celebrate your class family will help strengthen bonds. For a fun twist, have each student make one bracelet for another! From @borntoedukait

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

Record a Video!

Welcome your students before the first day with a pre-recorded read-aloud! Share with students through a QR code link to the video on a postcard. From @foreverfirstiefriends

Download the Novel Effect app to bring stories to life with music and sound that respond to your voice. 

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