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Our Meet the Teacher night is typically pretty laid back and doesn’t involve any formal presentations. The students and their families find their classrooms, meet the teacher, drop off school supplies and take a look around the room. Here we have provided some forms you may wish to lay out that evening so that you can get some information about your students quickly. Parents can fill out some of the documents while they are visiting and leave them with you or they can take the forms home and return them with the student on the first day of school. In addition to meeting your students and gathering a little bit of information, you can also choose to have a few activities for the students and families as they walk around your room.
Sign-In Sheet – Make sure you have a record of who attended your Meet the Teacher night.
Volunteer Preferences – We want to make sure we give parents opportunities to help out throughout the year, but we want to make sure to give them options that fit their comfort level. This form allows them to share with you just how they would like to help. Building good relationships with parents leads to better communication and giving them options for how they can be a part of your classroom is important!
Temporary Nametags – Here is an easy way to have students pick temporary desks/spots in the classroom and also to find out what they would like for your to call them this year. As each student comes into the classroom have him/her write their name and what they would like to be called on this slip of paper. They can then place the slip of paper at a spot in the classroom where they would like to sit. (This gives some students peace of mind if they see a friend’s name somewhere in the room.) You can use these temporary nametags to make more creative ones before the first day of school.
Parent Contact Information – This form calls for every parents’ information and since many times that involves more than one phone number and/or e-mail, this page will provide you with them all. Use it to immediately create a an e-mail group for future whole class communications.
Student Information – Find out important information about your students before you begin your year. Although parents fill out similar information when they register their child, many times that information doesn’t get to you quickly enough, if at all. This form also asks for parents’ thoughts on strengths and challenges as well as hobbies and extracurricular activities.
Treats – Here are two ideas for treats you can give your new students on Meet the Teacher night.
Hershey Bar Wrapper Print in color and attach to a Hershey bar.
Lucky Charms Toppers Print in color and attach to small bags of Lucky Charms.
Scavenger Hunt – We’ve created this activity to give your families a fun way to explore their new classroom. You can have these pages on clipboards sitting at each student desk or spot in your classroom. Once students find a place to sit, they can pick up their clipboards and begin to search. (Be sure to have pencils or markers available for them to check off items from the scavenger hunt list.) This resource is presented as a Word document so that you can customize the items on the list to fit your classroom.
Graphing – This is a quick and easy graphing activity that will be ready to work with on the first day of school. Students can write their names on the cake graphing cards and then place them on a graph that you have created before they enter. We suggest simply writing the months of the year across the bottom of your board or at the bottom of a long sheet of butcher paper hung somewhere in your room. At the end of the Meet the Teacher event you will have a ready made graph for the first day of school for math time. You can have students analyze the graph and pose problems to them about the birth months of everyone in the class.
Estimation Jar Slip – Have a jar filled with something fun (smiley face erasers, Skittles, Rolos, etc) sitting on a placemat in a prominent place in your room. Cut up the estimation guess slips (link below) and place them next to the jar with some pencils. As new students and their families come in the room direct them to work together to make their guess as to how many objects are in the jar. On the first day of school, one of your activities can be to open the jar, count the objects and reveal the winning family.