I also made this version that is printed on colored paper for those students who can write more that draw pictures. I really like this activity and some years I have saved it and shared it with my students on their last day of school. They are amazed at the growth they had!
Right after everyone arrives and our calendar routine is introduced I have my students participate in a sorting activity. I call it Making Good Choices. Students get a card with a picture on it. Then as a class we talk about the actions that are shown and if it is something that is a good choice to make or a bad choice. As we discuss we sort the pictures in a pocket chart.
I then pass out a variety of extension activities for them to work on. I have 2 reasons behind this. One it shows me the work and how they do and two it is another good way to keep them busy and break out those new supplies they want to use! ;)
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Another activity I always work on the first day is creating our classroom rules and expectations. Now that students know what is correct and acceptable school behavior we create our rules together. I start off my showing these posters and having the students then dictate to me what our class rule should be.
I have 13 posters I show them and rules are created. In past years I had words that I created to be displayed under the poster. It worked fine but, I just really like having the students be apart of the decision making process. I feel like it gives them more ownership of the rules since they helped create them.
You can check out the posters here
This is probably the MOST important one! I have each parent fill out this form on either meet the teacher night or at drop off on the first day.
Then after I make sure I have a sheet for each students I write the names down on these sheets I have hanging right by my door.
Dismissal time at the end of the day can be super stressful but, with these sheets at least you can make sure you KNOW how your students are getting home that day. If you would like the sheets you can click on the pictures above to download them.
Now I know that is a LOT to cover in one day. I have found that I need to be SUPER flexible that first week! So I tend to over plan and if I do not get to an activity one day I could always work on it the following day.
I would love to hear about anything else you do on that first day or first week of school too! Leave me a comment below and share with my what works in your classroom.
I hope some of these ideas will be useful to you on your first day. Wishing you all a very successful school year!
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