First Day of School Activities
The first day of school activities in your classroom set the tone for
what kind of teacher you will be and how your students will respond to
you all year long.
You’ve spent all summer preparing your ideas for classroom management
that works and will produce the results you desire. Your classroom
rules and routines
discipline in the classroom rewards
are all in place, waiting.
Students are not the only ones who suffer from first day
of school anxiety! No matter how long you teach, that first day of
school is crucial and scary. That’s why you need to have your first day
of school lesson written out and ready to go when the bell rings.
First Day of
School Activities that are a MUST
There are a few first day of school activities that you must complete
in order to show your students how your classroom will run, get a
feeling for the personality of the class as a whole, and begin setting
the precedent for strong classroom management that works.
Hand out an Introduction to Your Class Letter
This gives students something to take home and discuss with their
Hand out a Best School Supplies for your
Give them time to get their supplies and leave no uncertainty as to
what you require.
Fill out Student Information Note Cards
Middle school students are most honest on day one. That’s why you need
to ask for their parents cell phone numbers and names right away!
Go over Classroom Rules and Routines, Rewards,
Get them used to how your classroom will run from the moment they step
through the door.
Ask for Birthdays!
Starts the year off with a little bit of personality instead of just
Play a Get
to Know You Activity
End your class this way so as to create a positive classroom
environment. Remember, a positive, respectful classroom is the one that
is successful all year!
Worried about working your Language Arts teaching ideas
into the first day? Start with a good, English Language Arts Warm Up
and you’ve covered it. Keep in mind, you have an entire year to teach
your content. The first day to week of school should be used for
setting up your classroom rules and routines so the rest of the year
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