Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Week Activity: Currently Reading Magnetic Locker Signs

I got some help with this idea from my son, who starts middle school as a Year7 (6th grade) student next week. I'm so excited that he'll finally be in my school! He can help in the library, and we can eat lunch together, and he can tell all his friends how awesome our library is...

Well...that's my excitement anyway. His is a bit different. When I've asked him what he is most excited about with starting middle school, he gave the answer I have heard for years from new sixth graders.

His first locker. (not his mom's awesome librarian-ness)

So I decided to come up with a first-week library activity that involves sixth grade lockers. My son liked the idea of doing these in our first library lesson, and he even advised me on the designs. Except for the flower one, which was quickly dismissed as "too girly."

So if you are looking for an easy first-week activity, this one has the approval of my soon-to-be Sixth Grader. Such a fun way to promote literacy on Back-To-School Night!

Directions: Print, color, laminate. Attach velcro or magnetic tape to the back. Students use wet-erase markers to write their book titles. Display on lockers, student desks, walls, or bulletin boards.

Don't forget to give them to your teachers and staff to post outside their doors!

The images below are JPG images. You should be able to print directly from this page, but you may lose clarity/sharpness. You can download the PDFs for free at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.


  1. I love this idea! We start back to school after Labor Day, and I've been thinking about something cool to hook my sixth graders--this will be great!


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