Social Studies - First Day of School Activities

Social Studies - First Day of School Activities
Social Studies - First Day of School Activities
Social Studies - First Day of School Activities
Social Studies - First Day of School Activities
Social Studies - First Day of School Activities
Social Studies - First Day of School Activities
Social Studies - First Day of School Activities
Social Studies - First Day of School Activities
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As a middle school history teacher, I know that on the first day of school most students get bombarded with rules and expectations for most of their first day. How about doing something different? Get them out of their seats and give yourself a chance to observe the kids you're going to be with all year.

Here are two resources that are going to take the stress off of you on the first day where you won't have to strain your voice after not using your "teacher voice" all summer long. A little work on your end before school starts printing and cutting and you're good to do for the first day!

Included in this Bundle:
U.S. History Museum Walk
Here are 20 pictures of famous people, events, or objects that the kids will learn about in their U.S. History class. Each item gets printed and taped to a wall with the corresponding number taped over them - you know, for the mystery effect. Decide where you'd like to conduct this activity such as your classroom, library, hallway, or wherever you think would work best so you can observe your students.

20 pages: Image with number and question
20 pages: Numbers to cover pictures
1 page: Student answer sheet
1 page: Teacher answer sheet
1 page:Teacher observation sheet

American History Timeline Matchup
3 pages: 9 images per page
3 pages: 9 dates per page
7 pages: 4 images per page (last page with 3)
7 pages: 4 dates per page (last page with 3)
1 page: Teacher Answer Sheet

This product has the same tasks in two different .pdf formats. One file is with 4 pictures/dates per page (for larger cutouts) and one file is with 9 pictures/dates per page (for smaller cutouts). This way if you have larger class sizes you might be short on desk/table/floor space for the larger cutouts.

I teach 8th grade U.S. History and the way I go about this activity is by printing the pictures and dates on different colored sheets of cardstock, cutting out the dates and pictures, and placing one set of dates and pictures in the same envelope. I do this multiple times according to how many students I have in class and each envelope should have 27 pictures and 27 dates. Students (individually or with a partner) are given an envelope and a set amount of time to try and see how many pairs they can accurately match. It is interesting to see how students go about organizing this task. Some will put all of the dates in chronological order on the floor in a straight line, some sort them vertically, some put what they believe are more current events in one pile and older events in another pile. This will help you get a feel for the organizational skills of your students plus a chance to start conversations with them while they are working about how they are going about the task.

The main point of the activity isn't how many they actually get correct, but if they were close to the actual date. (i.e. not thinking that the 9/11 attacks happened in the 1800's).

What's nice about this activity is the students will put all of the items back in the envelopes and you can store them away until the following year!

Remember, middle school students need to be able to communicate, move, and be engaged in their learning. Hopefully these gets things off to a good start for you and your students!

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