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School Tour
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K
Submitted by: Kim

I got this very cute idea from another great website! It is a motivating and fun way to show your students around the school and introduce them to some of the adults who work there. First you read your students the book "The Kissing Hand," which is about a little raccoon named Chester who is nervous about going to school so his mom gives him a kiss on the hand and tells him to put his hand to his cheek whenever he gets lonely or scared at school. You will need a little stuffed raccoon who looks like Chester. At the end of the story "Chester" and I stamp the students hands with a kiss stamp. Then when the students go outside for recess I have another teacher take Chester from the classroom and I go around giving other adults in the school a kiss stamp on their hands. The principal, vice principal, secretary, librarian, councellor, custodian, school nurse, adult volunteers, etc. all get a kiss stamp. When the students return from recess you let them know that Chester must be lost in the school because he is missing from the classroom. Line the students up and go looking for Chester all around the school. Talk about the different rooms in the school and when you ask the other adults in the school if they have seen Chester they will say "Yes, I just saw him a little while ago and he gave me a kiss on my hand. I think he went towards the ______." Keep touring the school and asking other adults if they have seen Chester and the adults will show you their kiss stamps. The other teacher will need to return Chester to the classroom while you are touring the school. Everyone will be very relieved to see Chester when you finally return to the classroom. Chester will be there save and sound and the students will have had a very memorable tour of the school and will have been introduced to many of the adults who help run the school!



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