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    Getting to Know Your Students

    Getting to Know Your Students
    During the first few days, weeks and even months of school it is important for you and your students to get to know each other. This will allow you to create lessons based on students’ interests and allow students to make friends and feel safe within their new environment. Here are just a few activities that will help get everyone acquainted. ...
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    Identity in a Bag

     Identity in a Bag
    OVERVIEW: At the beginning of the school year, it's good to get to know each other, whether it be teacher to student, or student to other students in the class. Many students do not know how to develop relationships. Their negative social attitudes and low self-esteem hinder interaction. OBJECTIVES: 1. To express personal characteristics with items from home. 2. To introduce ...
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    K-12: Getting to Know You with Toilet Paper

    K-12: Getting to Know You with Toilet Paper
    This is a simple lesson plan that can be used on the first day of school for any grade level. Hand the first student in the row a new roll of toilet paper. Explain to everyone that all you want them to do is take some. Also explain that they can take as much as they want. When they ask why, ...
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    Start Off the Year with a Time Capsule

    Start Off the Year with a Time Capsule
    Note: This great idea is easily adaptable to almost any grade level and subject! This is something you can do on the first day of school or sometime during the first week. Create a "time capsule," and include a few activities that would also be repeated at the end of the year. This helps to present and evaluate growth and development. ...
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    3-5: "Dear Me" Letters

    This lesson plan is easy, and the students love it. The first day of school is tough, and this gets the students talking, sharing and writing. Provide the students with neat stationary, an envelope, pens and stickers. Explain to the students that they will be writing a letter to themselves, and they will open it in June, on the last day ...
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    3-5: Birthday Line-Up

    On the first day of school, students line up according to their birth date. The students are not permitted to do any writing or talking during this activity. They are to correctly place themselves in the order that their birthdays occur. The teacher will model (using fingers to represent months and dates) how she/he would communicate his/her birthday as well as ...
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    3-5: Talk Time!

    This teaching activity revolves around four major topics: a) The Home b) School Life c) Jobs d) Spare Time. By answering a few simple questions and carrying out some easy tasks, students will get to know one another in a comfortable and co-operative environment. There is something for everyone and hopefully all of the students will have something to say. Ask ...
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    Boosting Self Esteem on the First Day of School

    Boosting Self Esteem on the First Day of School
    Materials: construction paper squares (or any shape) - enough squares to be used for an entire class. Pencils or markers Give a square to each the student Without the students talking, have them find the person who has the same colored square as they do. Students with same colored squares sit close to each other and write something nice about each ...
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    K-2: Celebrate Classroom Diversity

    This would be a great icebreaker at the beginning of a new school year, especially if you have multi-ethnic children. At the first open house, or at orientation, have a large map of the world hanging for everyone to see. Ask the parents to take a pushpin and pinpoint where their ancestors, or they themselves, came from in the world. Then ...
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    K-2: First Day Journal Activity

    K-2: First Day Journal Activity
    This is an activity that can be given the first day of school. I usually have my students do this assignment in a journal, dated. However, you may choose to do it on paper that has space for drawing and writing. It is an informal assessment of the writing skills your students are starting out with. I like to save everything ...
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    3-5: Building Our Classroom Community

    3-5: Building Our Classroom Community
    On the first day of school, I want my students to know that they are part of a classroom community. On their desks when they arrive, they find a plastic zipper bag containing several items and an index card with the significance of each of the items. The items usually include: -a box of multi-cultural crayons, because it doesn't matter what ...
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    K-2: Back to School Classroom Map Hunt

    After showing the students the classroom, I give them a classroom map that I drew. At the bottom, it lists things for them to do, such as: 1. Go to the place where you would listen to a book on tape. 2. Go to the place where you would pick up your mail. 3. Find the place where you would turn ...
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    6-8: Family Crests

    *Materials:* Plain Paper Colored Pencils *Lesson:* Creating a family or personal crest is a good way to discuss family values or to learn about classmates. Have a class discussion about family crests. Explain their features and what they mean. Get the students to draw their own personal crest representing themselves or a family crest to represent their family. (The Family Crest ...
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    3-8: Beginning of the Year Review

    3-8: Beginning of the Year Review
    This lesson could be used for ANY subject area being taught the first few days of school. Each student writes the alphabet down the long side of their paper. The student goes back to the first letter (A) and writes something that they know about that subject that begins with the letter "A" (for example: in music, they may want to ...
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    6-8: We All Have Things in Common

    *Group Work* The pupils form groups. They can only have one person they know well. The pupils have to find 10 things they have in common by writing the following: All of us like: All of us have: All of us are: All of us were: None of us has: None of us likes: None of us is: None of us ...
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    3-12: Three Truths and a Lie

    3-12: Three Truths and a Lie
    For many of us, the first day of school is a little stressful. I teach students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders, and this lesson always gets their attention! (But, I have used this activity with regular education elementary-secondary students.) First, start out by stating that you don't allow lying in your class, but today you will make an exception for minor ...
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    3-8: My First Interview

    This lesson is ideal for allowing students to learn about their classmates while providing an opportunity for students to work on writing and oral presentation skills. For this activity, pair each student up with a partner (if numbers are uneven, teacher can work with a student) or allow students to choose a partner. Explain to students that they will interview each ...
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    9-12: Poem Evaluation

    *Overview:* To give students an opportunity to evaluate two poems based on decisions and outcomes, and to evaluate the choices they will make regarding their education in the coming year. *Objective:* After the lesson, the students will complete a chart and participate in a discussion with 80 % proficiency. *Materials:* _The Road Not Taken_ by Robert Frost _Choices_ by Nikki Giovanni ...
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    6-8: Introduction to Essay Structure

    This is a great lesson for introducing the essay structure to your students. By introducing the essay structure with a how-to topic, the students are "forced" to use a different paragraph for each step. (This seems more logical to some students than telling them that each new idea needs a new paragraph.) *Steps:* 1. Teach the basic essay structure. 2. Have ...
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    Icebreakers to Use All Year Long

    Icebreakers to Use All Year Long
    Here are three icebreakers that can be adapted to students of almost any age and that can serve a useful purpose throughout the term, not just on the first day. The more you know about your students and the more they know about each other, the better chance you have of creating a positive, tightly knit community in your class. 1. ...
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