14 Fantastic First Week of School Activities: Teach Routines & Create Community

14 Fantastic First Week of School Activities: Teach Routines & Create Community
14 Fantastic First Week of School Activities: Teach Routines & Create Community
14 Fantastic First Week of School Activities: Teach Routines & Create Community
14 Fantastic First Week of School Activities: Teach Routines & Create Community
14 Fantastic First Week of School Activities: Teach Routines & Create Community
14 Fantastic First Week of School Activities: Teach Routines & Create Community
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Are you looking for a great way to teach your classroom expectations WHILE developing a caring classroom community in the first week of school?

Teaching your rules and routines in your classroom doesn't mean that you can't smile until Christmas... it means that you are intentionally establishing a safe and caring community of students while getting to know them. :-)

This is a collection of 14 of my favorite activities to do during the first week, including fabulous read-aloud book recommendations to accompany many of them.

Your students are going to LOVE this! Included in this package:

  • Secret Compliments Activity (An all-time class favorite way to start and end the day)
  • Ball Toss (A great way to give students a movement break while learning about their classmates)
  • Classroom Scavenger Hunt (Give your students an opportunity to explore their new classroom - with a new friend - all while showing you that they know the appropriate noise level in your classroom...)
  • T-Shirt Activity (Along with a super-cute, 3-D bulletin board across your room!)
  • Guess That Person Bingo (Fantastic, flexible fill-in for when you have an extra 10-15 minutes you don't know what to do with...)
  • Mystery Door (For when your students are all lined up and ready to go.... but you still have an extra 5-10 minutes!)
  • Something In Common (An all-time favorite for students to learn about what they have in common with their new classmates)
  • Time Capsules (A parent and student favorite - such a great keepsake of the year!)
  • A Cheesy Memory Book (Trust me, your students are going to eat this right up...)
  • Summer Fun Word Search (A great activity to give to students as they come in on the first morning)
  • Interest Inventory (An enlightening and entertaining activity to learn about what your students love - and really don't like!)
  • If I Ran the World (A seriously hilarious activity to display on bulletin boards at the beginning of the year, especially on Meet the Teacher Night - and to keep in your students' memory books!)
  • When I Grow Up (Another very engaging activity to give you insight into students' loves and strong dislikes - and this also works really well as a short "filler" activity for when you have a little extra time!)

Templates are included for all of these activities. I hope you enjoy using these as much as I have!

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xo Lori

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