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Me Puppets

The children hide their faces with the puppets and tell their classmates all about their families, hobbies, pets, etc.

Snowball Fight

I give everyone a white sheet of paper. Along with their name, I ask them to write one thing they are excited about, one thing they are nervous about, and one thing they would like to learn. (They can draw a picture if they aren’t able to write yet.) We wad it up and have a snowball fight with our paper. Then, we all pick up a snowball and read the information. Next, we have to find who it belongs to. This is great for getting to know each other and seeing what their fears and expectations really are. At the end of the year, it’s usually what they remember most.

Icebreakers

The kids love it when you remember things about them so I can just read up on them and use my knowledge to talk to them about them and their families.

Autobiography Poem

he first day of school I tell my students that their first assignment will be to write a poem. I usually hears moans and groans at this point, especially since I teach Math. I say that this will be the easiest poem they have ever written because it will be about themselves.

First Day of School

* Students will get to know me
* Students will demonstrate their ability to reflect upon themselves and their accomplishments by writing on the very first day
* I will learn something interesting/memorable about my students

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