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First Day Activities

Aug 19, 2013 7:39am

What are some fun and engaging first day activities?

  • Math / Science / Social Studies
  • 3-5
  • Engagement

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    • Aug 19, 2013 8:39am

      Hi Amber,
      These 2 threads have lots of fun ideas for ice breakers and community building activities. Hope you find something that helps!

      https://www.teachingchannel.org/questions/looking-for-engaging-community-building-activities

      https://www.teachingchannel.org/questions/what-is-a-great-team-builder-activity-for-day-1

      • Aug 21, 2013 4:04pm

        Amber-

        I always ask students to write me a letter about why they should be my favorite students. It gives you a quick diagnostic about their writing ability and it also introduces you to their hobbies, interests, etc...

        Best,
        Katie
        www.katienovakudl.com

        • Aug 23, 2013 7:34pm

          It really depends on what needs to get done that first few days. Ideally, I'd be going over the course syllabus within a few minutes while I pass out their textbooks while students wait patiently and well behaved. But those days are gone. So I try to send a message that I mean busines. If books are ready (or not)for distribution, I have a survey (pre-assessment) activity that I have my students do. Questions range from the academic to something more personal. I use this quiet time getting to know their names and getting a sense about each one. Trying to learn their names in the 1st 20 to 30 mins is daunting. I just do so because of my OCD. After that, I show my power point presentation that itemizes my expectations. At one time, I quiz them on the rules I talk with them about. But I can't seem to access that quiz on word and/or ppt. Mind you, all this is for students in middle to high school. It would be great if I can get the kids to do some get-to-know-each-other activity but because I'll be in a private school, they already know each other before they were born.