Every time I mentioned Back to School on my Facebook page at least one person mentions that it can’t possibly be time yet! I know, I know! It’s much too soon…but the fact is that it’s coming. In fact, a district a few miles away from me starts school THIS FRIDAY!
Update: I now have an ENTIRE free resource dedicated to explaining my first week of school plans! Click here to read about my first week of school lesson plans.
I highly encourage you to click on each picture or the link below the picture to visit the blog post with more details!
|Getting To Know You with M&Ms from She’s Crafty|
|Gallery Walk Consesograms from Gingersnaps Treats For Teachers|
|I Am Poems for Runde’s Room|
Pretty much anything that Jennifer Runde does is amazing, and this artistic activity is no exception. Your students will love creating these I Am poems, and they will make a great bulletin board display, too.
|All Hands in Activity from Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6|
This is another activity that requires students to get a little artistic. Loving it!
|Getting to Know You Task Cards|
I created these task cards last year, and they were so much fun to use with students on the first day. Kids loved playing SCOOT and getting to know each other. They giggled at many of the questions!
One of my Facebook fans shared this idea. How fun!
|Creating the Tallest Cup Tower at Corkboard Connections|
|Save Fred Activity from SmartChickTeacher|
Marshmallow Challenge from Live.Love.Laugh
I used to do an activity like this with mini marshmallows and toothpicks, but I LOVE this version using spaghetti. Perfect!
|Success is Better when Shared Recipe for Success by Traveling Together|
What a thoughtful activity to show that success is better when shared. Love.
|Setting Group Expectations with The Science Penguin|
|Setting Expectations for using Task Cards with ME at Task Card Corner!|
If you use task cards, this free set is a great way to practice the rules and routines of SCOOT! You will thank yourself later in the year when your class can play SCOOT without a hitch!
|Your Job Vs. My Job from Hawk’s Nest|
|Consequences, Writing, and Learning about Your Students from Mrs. O Knows|
|Let’s Get Physical Scrabble|
This wasn’t a first day of school activity according to the blog, but I LOVE it! It would work best in groups, but the gist is that you put a bunch of letters in a central location, give a category or topic, and kids build words. Perfect for older kids, and perfect for setting expectations about how to work in groups, how to behave appropriately, keep volume low, etc.