I recently took a professional development class. The instructors stressed the importance of entry tasks. Typically, my entry tasks for my kiddos are finding their birthdays, unstacking chairs, putting away their belongings, getting out notes for me, and a welcome worksheet. I gave them a hands-on activity that focused on Trophies' letter of the week.
Students were asked to make the letter "y" using a pipecleaner that fits the flashcard.
Entry task supplies have to be ready for the students, as they enter the room, so they can dive right in!
I displayed my example on the overhead.
At the PDE class, they encouraged us to make flashcards and randomly in the stack, add pictures of familiar faces to keep the students' attention. They love looking to see who pops up next!
We made frog puppets, during our Frog-themed week.
At my class, they encouraged us to get fun, new pointers for students to track print. Here's a water squirter.
We did the same writing activity as previously posted here.