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Open House - Matching Parents' Faces with Students
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5
Submitted by: Mary Ann Oczkowski, 2nd Grade

At our school, we have an Open House very early in the year, only a week or two after school has started. Since I barely know the children by name at that point, I came up with this idea to help me place the parents' faces with their student. I made a large tree and posted it on my classroom door. I cut out red apple shapes and hung them on the tree." On each apple I wrote, "Johnny's parent" or "Susie's parent." As the parents entered my room for the evening's presentation, they were invited to pick the proper apple from the tree and wear it as a name tag. It was a great icebreaker, and made it easy for me to answer when they asked, "So, how's my child doing so far?"



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