Icebreakers can be cool but not super useful and going over your class expectations and/or syllabus may bore your kids to tears on the first few days. What's a teacher to do? Consider this bundle, of course!
Classroom Expectations Document: Five positive classroom expectations that encourage students to understand boundaries and take ownership of behavior. I included a PDF version with a "fun font" (see example) and a Word Doc you can edit to fit your needs. For example, I also include a breakdown of the novels we cover during the year and my grading policy.
What If?: This document outlines 11 common scenarios that have come up in my class (and surely many others) that can lead to problems (both for students and for classroom climate). We work as a class to brainstorm and discuss why these situations are problematic, what potential consequences are given these scenarios, and propose alternative behaviors and/or ways to address the issue. The situations described match up with my classroom expectations, so it's a nice way to run through the expectations that actually engages the students. You can consider doing this as a whole class, with partners, or any other way you see fit. I included a PDF version with a "fun font" (see example) and a Word Doc you can edit to fit your needs.
12 Questions: A short survey that asks some nice superficial ice breaker sorts of questions (what super power would you have and why?) while also getting some more substantial information about students that will help me set up my classroom to fit the needs of the students I have (what are your commitments outside of school? what makes a good teacher? what makes a good student? etc.). I included a PDF version with a "fun font" (see example) and a Word Doc you can edit to fit your needs.
Free mini-posters of classroom expectations. You can see these as a freebie in my store.