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# First Week of School: Connect - a - Gon

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First Week Activities are significant in building relationships and a positive learning environment.

Getting to know your students is an essential first step in building relationships.

Each student gets a hexagon. They decorate it and write on it one thing. Deciding on the one thing is what makes this activity flexible. Determine what you want to know about students and how you want them to connect with each other. Ideas that you might use …

• Their favorite activity – which will allow students in the classroom to make connections around their personal interests
• One thing they love about math – which allows students to make connections around the course itself
• Their favorite number is an open-ended topic. There are interesting essays online about people’s favorite numbers. One such research was done by Alex Bellos; he describes his work in The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

The topic simply depends on how you want students to connect in your classroom.

The fun begins once students have quietly and independently written something on their hexagon. Then invite a few students at a time to a table. They place their hexagons on the table and if possible link them where the topics relate. Continue inviting students to the table to place their hexagons. The point is to make connections.

When students have completed making connections, tape the hexagons in place and display them. Invite students to share their thoughts about the connections they made.

This activity is flexible in that it can be used academically as well. You can use it before a unit to determine what students know about a topic. You can also use it as a formative assessment towards the end of a unit. For example, in the unit on linear functions, students write one concept on a hexagon related to that topic. The key again is in making connections.

I hope your students enjoy making connections!

Hope your first week of school is amazing!

Check out these other “first week” activities!
Numbers Speak: A First Week Mini Poster
Word Splash: A First Week Activity

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