Fabulous First-Day Ideas
"Primary- and intermediate-level teachers offer suggestions for first-day-of-school lesson planning" (scholastic.com)
Top 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Students(scholastic.com) "The following ideas include some original icebreakers and community-building activities that double as assessment opportunities, skill-building lessons, or projects that result in a unique, inspiring classroom decoration..."
Britons 'spend six months talking about weather'
"Weather was the most common subject to break the ice when addressing strangers or even at business meetings, according to the report...
"I think it's a part of our national psyche"...
"We are a fairly reserved sort of people and talking about the weather is an easy, non-confrontational way of breaking the ice." " (telegraph.co.uk)
- First Day Activities
- Lesson Plans & Worksheets
- Forms and Checklists
- Back to School Resources
- New Teacher Resources
- Tips and Ideas
- Classroom Management
- Back to School Clipart and Posters
- Other Useful Sites
- Classroom Helpers (forms, calendars, passes,
- Back to School Reading Comprehensions
- Back to School Story Starters
- Language Arts Mixed Review (mixed skills)
- Back to School Printables
One or two packs of playing cards and the questions sheet. Objectives:
To get the student used to answering general questions at a level that
resembles normal speech.
To give the students conversational confidence."
A lesson : Self
Portrait with Favorite Things : "Brainstorm and record favorite things of your students on
a board or chart paper.
You can include things like, favorite superhero, book, sport, movie,
fruit, game, musician, artist, animal and so on..."
Introductions - a lesson plan(teachervision.fen)
- Students will know you better.
- Students will be welcomed to your class and given an idea of what
they will be doing during the year.
- Students share some personal information about themselves orally.
- Students will learn about each others' interests and families.
Going To Be Friends sung by The White Stripes (n°
9) - (whitestripes.net) "Fall is here, hear the yell
back to school, ring the bell
brand new shoes, walking blues
climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we're going to be friends..." - with theVIDEO(You Tube)
Supercut: TV's First Days of School
"In honor of a new school year we've rounded up some of the most
memorable first days of school in TV history,
from "Welcome Back Kotter" and "Square Pegs"
to "Beverly Hills, 90210," "The Inbetweeners," and "Community." (vimeo.com)
Brainpop : Back-to-school page
with an interactive quiz, lesson plans, graphic organizers and an animated movie. (brainpop.com)
Suggested activity for the beginning of the year by Paola SANCHEZ (Mexico) : "The first day of class, I show my students the following video to raise awareness in them about the importance of education
in the 21st century world :