First Day News Help students share the news of their first day of school with parents! Towards the end of the day, work with students to help them complete the First Day News activity.
Birthday Graphing Activity Take a classroom survey on birthdays and complete this graph. It is a great getting to know you activity that also helps you record student birthdays!
Student Graphing Activity Corner Spotlight teacher Rhonda Allen gets her students up and moving with this concrete graph activity. Review math skills and have fun as a class!
Miss Nelson is Missing Read aloud the book Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard to spark a class discussion of expectations and goals for the school year. This lesson plan will guide you through the activity.
People Hunt– The first few days of school can cause students lots of anxiety because they don’t know their new classmates. Help your students get to know each other the first week of school with this People Hunt.
People Hunt with Pictures – Use this version with your younger readers. It has pictures to help!
Signature Bingo – This is a great way to help your students begin to connect faces with names. You may wish to give each of your students a class list and have them cross out names as they have students sign their boards. To play, simply put your students’ names in hat or on popsicle sticks and pull them out one by one. As an extension, you could have each student stand and share something about themselves as their name is called during the game.
Classroom Treasure Hunt – Laminate and cut apart our treasure cards. Then, tape them in the given locations in your classroom. Using their treasure hunt sheet, students search for the treasure and record the hidden words. When students are finished with the hunt, group kids in small teams. Give each team a set of treasure cards. The students work together to unscramble the words and form a complete sentence. When students complete their task, give each student a treasure! Use our treasure pencil toppers as a small reward. Print, hole punch and attach to a pencil.
Name Graphing Use this activity to help students learn names. Begin by giving each student a strip to write their name on (Print the strips here: name strips.) Students write one letter in each square and then cut off the extra squares. On the board, write the numbers 2 through 11. Have students tape their strip to the spot that tells how many letters are in their name. After talking about the results, have students create a graph and answer the questions.