I think it is so boring to listen to the teacher state the rules and give out all the guidelines the very first day of school. Before I have the students help with preparing social contracts for the classroom I spend some time getting to know the kids in the classroom. This People Search is a very fun way to get those quiet, nervous, first day jitters out of the way. Students race around the room and try to get other students names written down, if they share one of the items in common. This is always a great way to start the year. After this activity we always jump right into a hands on lab. It may be operation egg drop, mixing colors, or building structures but we definitely are going to learn and have fun this year in science!
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