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First Day of School Activities - Building a Classroom Community

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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22 + 10 Bonus Pages
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You never get a second chance to make a first impression...especially in the classroom.

This resource is filled with activities to get your school year off to the best possible start. With a student survey, teacher interview activity, writing prompt, and icebreakers, you’ll be able to keep your students engaged and actively involved in your classroom from the first minute they arrive. Filled with the perfect combination of fun and community-building, this resource will have your students excited about learning and becoming a part of your classroom.

The First Day of School Resource includes:

  • A teacher guide that includes the purpose, preparation, and activity instructions for each 1st day of school activity.
  • Two-page student survey
  • 20 questions for the teacher interview activity
  • Classroom Links - super simple activity and hanging display
  • Creative writing prompt
  • Parent writing prompt
  • A comprehensive list of additional ideas to incorporate into your first week of school.


As a special Back to School treat I've included 8 pages of BONUS MATERIALS. In this resource you'll find samples from the popular "This or That" series of resources. You'll find activities for reviewing grammar, reading strategies, writing and responding to literature. These can be used during the start of a new school year or anytime! Enjoy!

FYI: These activities are included in the Back to School Toolkit resource - a super comprehensive resource filled with classroom organization logs and forms, first week of school activities, and many classroom management ideas. Click here to learn all about it.

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Total Pages
22 + 10 Bonus Pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.


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