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I had a wonderful first day of school this year. Things went just as I planned and I think my students enjoyed a couple new to them, getting to know you activities and of course no homework the first day. Things have been going very well, although all the technology issues that I have to troubleshoot with our new PCs are enough to drive me to the brink of a Technology induced Armageddon.
Today I am going to share my favorite new first day activities. I posted my First Day Plan previously so you can click on that to see an explanation for what we did. Today I am recapping how things went and sharing a few photos with you.
1) I can relate. This went really well and some classes had a much more interesting chain of answers than others. One class ended up being several "I can relate because I have a dog" and another was "I can relate because I have cousins". I think next year I will tell them that two people max can say the same thing and then we have to move on to another topic. I have some kids that struggled to give an answer, but we kind of helped them along. Overall it was fun, the kids enjoyed it, and I will definitely do it again.
2) Post-It Note Activity. I LOVED this! I ended up buying the small post-it notes for my classes because I have 100+ students and I knew the 3x3 would not fit on a large poster. It worked wonderfully. I gave each class hour a different color post-it because then I figured I could track the answers by class hour. I am glad I did it this way, and the poster ended up being very colorful. I passed out four post-it notes to each person and then we filled one poster at a time. I would read the statement/question and then one person per group would bring the post-its up and place them on the poster. The kids enjoyed the movement.
|The four completed Post-It posters.|
|What will Mrs. Nackel need to do to help you this year?|
|Our classroom should be _____ everyday.|
|My goal for math this year is...|
|Math is important because...|
It was really fun to read through the answer and get a quick idea of what the kids think. The two top answers for "Our classroom should be ____ everyday" were clean and quiet. Clean was the overwhelming answer. LOL The kids are on the same wavelength as me for sure. :)
3) I think we only had time to do either or in one class. It was pretty interesting to see their choices. This is an activity I will definitely use throughout the year. My favorite choices were fractions or decimals, algebra or geometry, and textbooks or computers. It was fun.
I had a great first day and really loved the the new activities we did. They are all keepers for next year.