Friday, July 18, 2014

Five for Friday {July 18}

Another Friday is upon us!  It is only mid-July, and already, I am seeing Back To School signs everywhere!  Knowing that some teachers go back sooner than others, here are my Five for Friday : Ideas for the first day or first week of school.  Enjoy!

I don't know about you, but I use post-its all the time in my classroom.  What better way to introduce them to post-its (and a great way to start setting the atmosphere of the classroom) than this wonderful activity.

I have written a blog post about anchor charts and one about routine and structure.  At the beginning of the year, what better way than to merge the two together and start teaching procedures!  This is a fantastic blog post written by Kathy Griffin's Teaching Strategies about the all-mighty anchor chart and procedures (especially those that "might" disrupt the class).

This activity can be used many different ways!  In my classroom, I would give everyone a piece of the puzzle and, using old magazines, have them cut out and decorate their piece so it represents them.  Afterwards, all the pieces can fit together on a bulletin board.  It's a great way to begin the school year.

You can also use the puzzle pieces by having the students brainstorm about the upcoming school year (What do they think the school year is going to be like?  What do they hope to learn this year?  What kind of teacher do they want? etc.) or even having them do a quick research on their favourite artist or author and writing a few key notes on their puzzle piece.

This book/video is almost a must at the beginning of the school year!  It's a great way to have students thinking about the differences in others and how we can affect others with our words.  I have used it in my classroom with very good results, especially if you use it in conjunction with other activities that set a positive climate in the classroom.
Ice breaker activities are a great way to get students up and moving and getting to know each other all over again.  (They are also a great way to start learning procedures *hint hint*)  Ms Third Grade has a wonderful Back to School freebie that you can download by visiting her website here.  There are 3 pages of activities that are simply perfect for that first day of school!  

And there you have it!  I hope you've enjoyed today's Five for Friday!  If you have any great beginning of the year activities that you'd like to share, I'd love to see it in the comments!

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