If it's correct, I place a sticker in the circle by the picture that they solved. Filling Bags with Things that Represent Us Submitted by Natalie from Florida Third Grade teacher The first day of school I bring in a paper bag with 3 - 5 items i. D-icebreakers Divide students into groups of 4—6 students and give each group one die and a copy of the printable. I was able say my own name pronounced Geena High-duke , and the weight of the world was lifted off of my shoulders. This is also a good option for homework on the first day, as it allows the students to discuss the class rules with their parents. Include items such as a string of yarn that is as long as they are tall, a self-portrait, a list of each child's favorite song, movie, television show and foods, and what they hope to learn during the upcoming school year.
Students take turns rolling the die and answering the question that matches their roll. Ultimately, the decision rests with her. Practice applying the definitions by reading passages in class and asking students to identify the different tone and mood in each passage. Crossword Rules Create a crossword puzzle to review the rules and procedures of your classroom. What I Did Over the Summer. My third graders always enjoy searching for their own name along with those of their new classmates. Students share information about themselves using the sentence stems their left and right pointer fingers are closest to.
Friendship Web Works with Older Kids Too! Worksheet will open in a new window. Establish an anti-bullying culture from day one with resources from Kid Pointz. It is all about team work. I've been a workin', workin' girl the past few days, trying to get all my back to school activities ready so I can focus on other parts of the planning for back to school. They still love listening to stories in fourth grade! One they have each completed one, they fold it up and seal it and it goes in a box that I have labeled Time Capsule. This behavior management tip for teaching 4th grade comes from.
This is also easily done with names and alliterative places, names and animals, etc. As an extremely shy student, the beginning of a school year filled me with angst. This is a fun way for the students to find out more about each other. If someone has two of the same color, they can give two different answers to the same question or trade with a classmate. Download the activity for free.
Plus this makes for a great memento of the school year. Using a will help remind them of the different approaches to note-taking they can use. Use technology for formative and summative assessments. Maybe you could have an ice cream social at the end of the first day of school! This activity can also be done with any other assorted colored candies. Then I give the children a bag with a short typed note explaining the assignment and ask the children to bring in 3-5 items that tell about them that they would like to share with the class. Then the students and I go outside and stand in a circle. We love this start-of-year activity from! Students work with partners for this activity.
Some things I add to the ball are: play tag, sing part of a song, play duck, duck, goose, Say your favorite color, etc. This activity gets loud in a good way! This group wheel is fun for students and teachers alike. So if we say something hurtful, we can only hope to be forgiven. Reward positive classroom behavior with fun coupons. You should try this one! To prepare the ball for this activity, I used a permanent marker to write the first part of the sentence on one half of the ball while the words I write on the opposite side call for further explanation.
Add in any typical places your kiddies may go on a given day. Put them all in a seal it up, and then read them all in the last week of school! These individual student cones surround the center teacher cone. What Do We Have in Common? You and your child can use any type of airtight container or even a large box like the ones found at scrapbook stores. Gathering artifacts for a time capsule is a significant activity: when your child places items in her time capsule before the first day of school, she is able to reflect on the summer, the previous school year, and what she has learned and experienced, all the while anticipating what the next school year will be like. The version I play with my third graders involves everyone sitting in a circle and the first person to go says their first and last names, then something they like that starts with the same initial as their first name.
I also measure them with yarn during the first week and attach it to a labeled piece of paper. I sort construction paper all around our classroom by color. Create classroom jobs for your students. Students will have several lesson to refine and practice measuring. I tell you the story above because I truly believe our own childhood experiences help shape the teachers we become. Next I matte each drawing and laminate the pictures.
Students create a poster of math equations representing different aspects of who they are, and then they can get to know each other by solving the problems. Beach Ball Introductions Students sit in a circle and toss a ball to a classmate in the circle. The important thing is, did they understand the content? I then collect the papers for our time capsule to be opened in June near the last day of school. On the first day I pass out the bags and let each child completely illustrate and color the bag that isn't theirs writing their name at the top. I then raffle all of my classroom books off at the end of the year. Decorating Birthday Bags Submitted by Nancy from Michigan First Grade Before the first day, I write each child's name and birth date at the bottom of white lunch bags.