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Organizing and Planning for the First Days of School
- Getting Ready for the School Year
- The First Days of School
- Icebreakers and Games
- Planning for a Substitute Teacher
- Student Reflection and Goal Setting
- Discipline Forms and Parent Communication
In this file:
Pages 33-34 – Autobiography
Have your students fill this out soon after you meet them (or send it home before you meet them in a summer mailing). You will quickly learn about your students and their academic lives through this short writing assignment.
Pages 35-47 – Fun-Fill-In Classroom Guidelines
Use this activity as a fun way to tell your students the basics about your class. Have students fill in Part A first. Give them Part B after they are done and have them write their responses directly in the blank spaces on Part B, matching the numbers for their responses. Let them share their funny stories with each other! When you are ready, give them Part C, which is the handout you should fill in with the correct information (there is an example included). Since this activity only covers the basic guidelines in a class, you might want to add a second sheet with more specific school or class guidelines to let your students know everything they need to know.
Page 38 – Tessellating Hexagons
Choose a prompt such as “Why do we learn math?” or “What do you hope to learn about this year?” Let the students brainstorm responses. After discussion, hand out the hexagon worksheet. When you receive all of the students’ work, you can display their responses as a fun tessellation!
Write the prompt on a few hexagons and scatter them within the student responses.
Try photocopying the worksheet on colored paper to add a little more spunk.
Pages 39-42 – Puzzle Pieces that Fit Together
Use these puzzle pieces for anything you want. There is one activity provided on the first page. The following pages have different sizes of the same puzzle piece to accommodate any size bulletin board you might want to use to display the puzzle. You will have to turn half of the pieces you use 90 degrees, so be sure to instruct half of your students to turn their piece sideways when working on them. They will fit together when you cut them out.
Page 43 – Parent Homework Assignment
Sign the bottom of this page and photocopy it. Send it home to parents in a before-school-starts summer mailing or send it home with the students on the first day of school. You will learn so much about your students through this assignment!
Page 44– Letter to Myself
Have your students write letters to themselves. Brainstorm goals beforehand, and then give them a chance to write a formal letter. Collect the letters and place them in envelopes. Mail the letters to the students after school lets out in the summer, or hand them back on the last day of school. If you can, take a picture of each child on the first day of school and include it in the envelope as a surprise!
Page 45-47 – Classroom Scavenger Hunt
This scavenger hunt can be used “as is” or can be modified to fit your classroom better. Since your classroom is your students’ place to feel safe at school, you want to make sure that they understand where to find items and what your boundaries are. This is a fun way to ensure everyone knows how your classroom is run. You wouldn’t want to do this activity before explaining some of the rules of you classroom. The idea is that the students should know all of the answers already and the scavenger hunt is for them to review.
Page 48 – Textbook Condition Form
Use this form to keep track of the state of the textbooks you loan to students. You can assess the books yourself before handing them out or have the students assess the books themselves. If you have the students assess the damages, it is suggested that you show students examples of books that are considered in excellent, good, fair, poor, or bad condition. Then file away this form and pull it out again at the end of the year to determine any book fines.