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    Take Home Bags
    By Lori

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    This has been a HUGE success in my classroom. I have taught first and second grade, and the kids get so excited about it and the parents love it. I have never had a problem getting all my bags and "things" back, and I have worked in both the inner city for 5 years, and now I am in an upper middle class district for 6. I put some examples, but I would be more than happy to list all my bags if you want. I have added every year since I started using them years ago.

    The bags vary a lot. They are decorated on the outside. I prefer to use canvas bags, since they can be washed and hold up well. They each have a few books and a two activities they can do with their parents. The children take home a bag on Thursday, and keep it until Monday. I do this because that way I have a few days to make sure everything is in order, and they have two extra days to get them back. I actually make a spread sheet to track who has taken which bag. The birthday bag and tooth bag go home on those special days.

    Here is an idea of what is in a few of them:
    Froggy Fantastic Fun Bag: Stuffed Frog, several Froggy books and frog tiddly winks and a tape measure. They use the tiddly winks and see how far they can make it jump and measure and record. (with their parents) Then they write about their weekend with Froggy.

    Season Sack: I do all four seasons at once (But you could also do holidays or the season it is) There are a few books about the season a game to match the clothes with the season and then they write about something they do during their favorite season.

    Birthday Bag: Birthday books, the Birthday game a packet of fun coloring, etc., activities and a small "gift" for them to keep.

    Apple Time Bag: Several apple theme books (also Johnny Appleseed) an apple addition game and I have a finger puppet with a worm. The children write If I was __________ _______________________. For example if I was Lori Peachpit and write what would happen.

    This year I decided to treat myslef and purchase some new bags. (I have made all the others) They came filled with ideas for about 35.00.


    Lori



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