This EDITABLE product contains 6 stations PERFECT to use in the first few days of school to introduce, review and practice procedures! Please read the description carefully and check out the preview to see exactly what this product includes.
You will get an editable PowerPoint presentation containing the following 6 stations:
1. Classroom Library Hunt
-Familiarize students with your classroom library by searching for books of a certain genre, written by a specific author and that are of interest to them.
2. Textbook Tour
-Familiarize students with their textbooks and workbooks by having students search through their books to find topics of interests and key features (i.e. find first word in the glossary of their science book).
3. Classroom Scavenger Hunt
-Students find every day, useful items in your classroom and check them off the list as they go. Examples of items to find include tissue boxes, sharp pencils, dust pan. Optional- students snap a picture of each item using an iPad or whatever technology you have available. (My kids love this part. I think it will be an extra big hit this year thanks to a super popular app…)
4. Student Interest Survey
-Students fill out a short survey to help you get to know them better.
5. Classroom Website Scavenger Hunt
-Students explore your classroom website and answer questions about it on their recording sheet.
6. Classroom Procedures Do & Don't Skits
-Students work as a small group to read scenario cards, discuss how each situation should be handled and create a short skit to show what a student SHOULD NOT do and what a student SHOULD do. (My kids LOVE this one!)
Of course, this is editable so you can change the stations to fit the needs of your students in your classroom! Use them all, use some or modify them to fit your needs. There is very little prep on your part- just print the directions and student recording sheets and go! The file is an editable PowerPoint presentation so you can simply change the text typed into each text box. If you do plan on making changes, please be sure you are comfortable editing text in a PowerPoint presentation.
How I use this product:
On the first day of school, my district always has a half day. During this time, I briefly show students around and go over procedures and expectations. I use these stations on the first FULL day of school to practice, review and further explain my procedures, expectations and help my students become more comfortable in our classroom and with our materials. We do a great deal of small group and center work in my class and I've found that by doing these stations at the start of the year, I am able to set the tone early for future centers. Additionally, these stations give me a good read on where my students are in terms of working independently (some groups always need more practice than others!). I designed these stations to last about 15-20 minutes each. That seems like a long time, but I learn so much about my students during this time and the practice is SO IMPORTANT that I believe it is worth it. During this activity, I usually spend most of my time talking with the classroom procedures skit group, but I am always scanning the room looking for classroom procedure and behavior "teachable moments". Trust me- there are MANY!!! Sometimes I stop the class and address the issue immediately and sometimes I make note and we review these procedures whole-class after this activity.
This product is also a great "filler" for those unexpected mid-year move-in kiddos. Often they come in the middle of a unit and have some down time while the rest of the class is in the middle of a project. I'll give our newbie one of these activities to work on. It's a great way to introduce him/her to our classroom and procedures with little work on my part.
Check out the preview for a closer look! Enjoy!!!