We started school on Thursday this year, so the first two days were full of movement, fun, and getting-to-know each other activities.
With a class of 2/3 boys this year, I wanted the first two days to include a lot of getting up and about! No long seat time, especially with the temps in the 90s!
First up, Deana from Primary Punch's School Sleuth QR Code Scavenger Hunt! I *lovelovelove* this activity, and so did my kiddos!
|Click the pic to get this great activity from TpT!|
I brought the clues with me on a clipboard and a class iPad and we were off! It was a great activity because:
- We could practice hallway behavior- lots of lining up, quiet walking in the halls, all that jazz
- I could ask for volunteers to read (quick, informal reading check!) and there were *tons* since this was such a fun activity
- I could explain expectations and review procedures in rooms like the cafeteria, bus lot, computer lab, and more
- My new kids learned about the entire school in a fun and engaging way that kept them included with our class and not feeling so "new"-ish
After the first half of the school-wide scavenger hunt, we hung out in our classroom for a while completing a FREE A-Z Scavenger Hunt from Kari for items in our room:
|Click the pic to be taken to Kari's TpT Store to grab this freebie!|
*Teacher Tip* When it came time to share on Day 2, I called out a letter and the kids walked and stood next to the item that they wrote for that letter-- it was great! I didn't call all 26 letters, but I called most and even had kids call out a few-- it was a fantastic way to keep them moving and sharing and checking out all of the different areas in our class.
Last year, we used color Sharpies to decorate our Book Bins and that was definitely an activity worth repeating:
These magazine files from Ikea (Flyt- 5 for $1.99!!) held up all year long, even with extensive abuse from some of my kiddos and they were a fun souvenir to send home with them on the last day of school. Plus, the price is right, so I was a-ok restocking this year and if one ever did rip, it won't be the end of the world ;)
After they finished decorating, they were free to start looking through our class library and filling them up (no more than 3 books at any time), so this was a very laid-back way for me to see what books they naturally gravitated towards and who struggled to find any at all, even with zero parameters... loads of informal data-gathering these first two days :) :)
Next up, some writing, cleverly disguised in a fun packet from Anna at Simply Skilled in Second's Flip-Flap Book for First Day & Last Day:
|Click the pic to find this in Anna's TpT Store|
I also made a demo version for them since these are so new and original-- they are always blown away when they see what these look like :) I love Anna's store and all of her Flip-Flap books because of this reason!
|Click the pic to get this resource :)|
I hope this gave you some fun ideas to use during your first few days back with kids! I am so thankful for TpT and these great resources that have kept the first two days the most *fun* back-to-school time in my nine years of teaching!
This next week, we will be launching Math Rotations, Writer's Workshop, and Daily 5, and I can't wait to share how they look this year!
Happy Back to School and enjoy your weekend!