I’ve done pretty much the same thing on the first days of school since I started teaching, so I’m thinking it’s time for a new activity or two. Here’s what I typically do and will likely keep:
-True/False Quiz about me followed by a t-chart of what they learned about me and what they still want to know. This gives them a safe place to ask me questions and gives me a baseline on how they learn verbally
-An activity where they work in groups to define the jobs of students, families, teachers, and administrators. This helps me teach group-work protocol as well as discuss together what everyone’s responsibilities are.
-Cornell notes on the syllabus. This is how I cover the material they need to know and teach them about the Cornell note taking system.
-Birthday “cards”-Students decorate a small card to go on the board during the month of their birthday.
There are a couple of other activities I’ve done through the years, but I don’t think I want to keep them. Since students are kind of fluid the first few days, I don’t want to jump in right away. Maybe a project or something?
What are your favorite first days of school activities?