Thursday, September 22, 2011


Each year I begin with an activity called 'Getting to Know You' (GTKY).
The students meet at the carpet, facing a pocket chart that looks like this:
I hold index cards that have my students' names printed on them. I make a big production in shuffling the cards, wondering aloud who the person of the day will be. The kids get so excited! After I've shuffled the names I draw a card & reveal a students' name. They come up to the pocket chart & insert their name card into the first sentence. I take my pointer & we read the completed sentence aloud as I track the print.

Using a microphone (that doesn't work--I cut off of a broken toy tape recorder), I begin to interview the child. It is SO FUNNY how the students lean in to speak into the microphone that doesn't even work :)
I use index cards to record their answers, and they insert the card into the sentences on the pocket chart. We read through it together, tracking print with a pointer. The chart ends up looking something like this:
Next, I print the child's name and cut it apart, as seen at the bottom of the pocket chart. I mix up the letters, then have that child try to piece their name puzzle back together again. Then, I mix it up once more and they choose someone else to try their name puzzle.

Then I have my students reach into their pockets and take out their (imaginary) pompoms so we can cheer the letters in the name. For fun, I take a second to ask them what colour pompoms they brought today. Of course, there is always one person who says that he didn't bring I just tell him to use his hands instead :) Then the person of the day leads in the cheering of their name, using real pompoms:
When the cheering has died down, we take a look at the person of the day...what colour hair, eye colour, what are they wearing, etc. The students then proceed to their tables to make a picture of that person, and also print that person's name on their sheet.
When they are finished, I collect all of the pictures and put them into an envelope to send home, along with this message:
*You can find copies of my new GTKY forms {here} FREE!
{Fun monster themed/Superhero themed}
Lastly, their names get added to the Word Wall.

The students come into school very excited to see who will have their turn that day! It takes a couple of months to get through the entire class, but they know that they will ALL get a turn...eventually!


Crayons and Curls said...

I love your blog! I do something very similar, but I love your pocket chart idea! Thank you for sharing this post! :)
Crayons and Curls

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Amy said...

Great idea! I'm your newest follower! :)


Jackie koone said...

I also add to the pocket chart, my favorite color is .....

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