A few years ago, I decided to switch up my first day game plan. My students see seven different teachers on the first day of school and I can only imagine how overwhelming that is and how these kids are on information overload. Students are new to our building in 7th grade and the first day all they are worried about is getting lockers opened and not getting lost. Due to nervousness I don't know how much they are actually "listening" to what teachers are saying.
|Firs Day lesson plans from last year.|
For this reason I like to get them up and moving around the classroom. I also like to have an easy and nonthreatening activity where students can participate and get to know each other in a safe and fun manner. After a quick and fun SMARTBoard warm-up, a brief discussion on supplies needed and quick introductions, I start asking a series of questions and students move to the number that applies to them. I actually got this idea from one of our inservice activities and adapted it for my classroom. It was a great way to get to know more about other teachers and everyone seemed to enjoy it (and that says a lot for an inservice activity!)
|The numbers 0-12+ are posted around the perimeter of my room.|
~How many pets do you have? (then I go around and ask them to tell us about them, kids love a chance to talk about their pets)
~How old are you? (you find out the age range of your students)
~How many siblings do you have?
~What is your birth order? (this is always interesting)
~What is the month of your birthday?
~How many extracurriculars do you participate in? (sports, dance, band, academic things ) Again the kids love to tell me about how they spend their free time. This can also clue you in to who your introverts might be.
If I did some recording of the information we could use it to make graphs. I have never done that before, but it could be a way to extend this activity.
This could be easily adapted for any age student. I can see it working really well with younger students. You may decide to adapt the number range and change up questions.
This is really the perfect easy and fun activity to start with on the first day. I get to know way more about my students and they get a break from a day of sitting and listening to teachers bore them with information overload.
I am linking up to Fun in First's Blog. I have a feeling most ideas will be for primary grades, but hopefully I can find something to adapt for my math class.