FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Do not worry, we’ve compiled a list of First Week of School Activities that will help you prepare and will leave your kids excited for the school year ahead. We’ve also included some awesome products for you to checkout to get all of the Back to School materials you need.

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The last few weeks and days of summer can feel so overwhelming as the first day of school creeps closer and closer. Is your classroom set up in the cutest theme? Is your new curriculum ready to go? Do you have a good sense of who will be in your classroom? There are so many items to check off your to do list, that it seems like it will never all get done. These last few cherished moments of summer slip by and all the sudden you are stuck - what in the world will you do with your students that first week of school? How was this the one thing that slipped your mind?

Do not worry, we’ve compiled a list of First Week of School Activities that will help you prepare and will leave your kids excited for the school year ahead. We’ve also included some awesome products for you to checkout to get all of the Back to School materials you need.

All About Me Bags

A fun activity for all ages is a simple “All About You ” craft.

Instructions on how to create an 'All About Me Bag"

  • First you have one brown bag per student, and write their names on it.

  • Then, you will have students decorate their bags however they want that they feel represents them the best.

  • Then, you will explain to your students that they should put three items in their bag that represents them in some way. For example, one can be a paintbrush if a student is particularly artistic.

  • Another student can add a ballerina ornament if they love to dance.

  • Then, each day of the first week of school, have about five students present their bags to the class. After each student has presented, have them ask for questions and comments from their peers.

    This is a great way for students to get to know a bit more about each other, and for you to get to know about them as well!

Make a Classroom Agreement

This is an activity that needs to be modified based on your age group, however is beneficial as a community builder in every classroom.

In order to help students feel like their voice matters in your classroom space, have them help you put together a classroom agreement. You can use prompts such as, “I want this classroom to feel like/ sound like/ look like”, or ask them to think about the best class they’ve ever been part of and to brainstorm what exactly it was about that class that helped it feel so great.

Also, what were the things that made a classroom not feel so great? With these guiding prompts, compile a list of commonalities, and work to develop a numbered Classroom Agreement on poster paper that you can post somewhere in your room. Have your student read over this agreement and make any edits they feel is necessary.

After all, it is THEIR classroom! Lastly, have students sign the agreement so there’s a clear representation of something the entire class worked on together to make that represents every person in the class. If there is ever an issue in your class where the Classroom Agreement is not being followed, make sure to anchor students back to that Agreement and remind them of the importance of helping everyone in the class feel respected and heard.

Numbers About Me

Numbers About Me is a really fun activity for an introduction lesson with math!

As a teacher, first model this with your students. Display a number on the board and have your students try to guess how this number represents you. This could be the number of siblings you have, the month of your birthday, or the first three numbers of your phone number. Once the students guess the relevance of that number to you, split them into pairs. Have them write down five different numbers that represent something about them, and then have them work to guess what their partner’s numbers represent.

This is a fun way to have students get to know each other better, and a fun way to bring numbers into a get to know you lesson!

Review

A valuable part of the first few weeks of school is reviewing important concepts that your students will need before learning new material.

An ungraded assignment that shows students’ prior understanding of material can be a really useful data point for you to see where students are, and what concepts to focus on in the whole group as opposed to in smaller groups.

This is a valuable tool to do in every subject that you teach. Students should master these basic concepts before new material is introduced that builds on these concepts.

"We Are" Display

Another great way to get to know your students and build community in the first week of school is to do a “We Are” activity.

Have students brainstorm at least three positive traits about themselves. Then, once they have done that, consult with them to figure out which of these traits best represents their uniqueness in the classroom community. They will then put their word on an index card or a poster and decorate it, and then sign their name on it as well.

Display all of the “We Are” words together in your classroom to show the diversity and beauty of your class’s unique traits.