Our Class is a Family Activities

Unity and understanding are ignited in your classroom with Our Class is a Family activities. Back-to-school learning is more fun with these thoughtfully curated tasks that foster community spirit, nurture empathy, and foster kindness.

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35 pages

Grades PreK-5


Start the school year on a positive note with Our Class is a Family activities. Educators designed the activities to promote teamwork and create community. They offer numerous avenues for creativity, communication, and critical thinking. This makes learning fun and interactive for students.

The activities in this set provide opportunities for students to practice listening skills, stimulate creativity, and practice literacy. Students are encouraged to communicate and share their ideas, from predicting what the school year might bring to expressing their understanding of family. Students can also get to know each other better through classmate interviews and scavenger hunts, fostering camaraderie.

This set of activities promises a stimulating, comprehensive, and fun back-to-school experience that emphasizes the spirit of togetherness, just like a family.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • Listen for specific sounds in the Novel Effect soundscape.
  • Illustrate a new book cover.
  • Trace the book’s title.
  • Illustrate and write about predictions for the school year.
  • Practice letter size with letter boxes.
  • Complete sentence starters related to the book.
  • Write about the classroom.
  • Define the concept of family.
  • Interview a classmate.
  • Learn about classmates through a scavenger hunt activity.
  • Apply Writing Skills with included writing templates and prompts.
  • Apply Reading Comprehension skills with included discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book.
  • Engage in Social Skills through included whole group prompts and activities.
  • Develop Fine Motor Skills with included coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • Complete a classmate word search.
  • Collaboratively create a classroom collage.

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills.

💙 On the lookout for more learning activities? Strengthen your classroom community and foster kindness with activities designed to resonate with the inclusive, familial spirit of a back-to-school story.

💙Immerse young learners in activities that foster a sense of classroom community, and dive into your Novel Effect app to enrich the learning journey with a captivating soundscape.

About the Book

In addition to academics, teachers build community within their classrooms. It's like a home away from home where students feel safe, included, and loved. Our Class is a Family helps strengthen and build that class community with its heartfelt message and colorful illustrations. Kids learn that their classroom is a place where they can be themselves, make mistakes, and be friends. A teacher reading this story aloud makes students feel like part of a special family. 

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