First day ideas

Check out this teacher's cool "Recipe for Success" idea that she shared with her students on the first day of school. What a great way to motivate kids to learn right off the bat... Awesome teachers are awesome.

1st day of school - names with torn paper and would take them a little bit of time so you could put supplies away!

Teambuilding: Tinfoil and Pipe Cleaner Challenge that your kids will love!

Make a binder for each month of the school year with ideas

First day of school picture idea for teachers/new students.

Montessori activity trays at AlenaSani homeschool and early education supply store.

First day project: Friend Tree. Everyone puts their thumb print on the tree then teacher later frames it and hangs it as a reminder that we are all friends.

Building a classroom community is very important and is an indicator of success. Icebreakers and other activities are important to implement during the first days of a new school year. It is important for all students to feel welcome and a part of their small community which actually a part of an even bigger one. Feeling comfortable will help create resilient learners that have confidence in sharing their ideas without fear of being judged.

Want to make trays: Apple, pumpkin, leaf, turkey, tree, circle, heart, clover, flowers, square, triangle, star, crescent, bear...

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Plate Rack is okay but I really like the colored tin cans (many other good ideas on slideshow)

1st week of school activity! LOVE this idea!

"Challenge capsules" for students who finish early-- keep those high achievers moving. I love the choice/surprise element here. It makes it a privilege, not a punishment. If we make sure the activities aren't just more of the same, this is great idea!

Free back to school find someone who game. Great for icebreakers the first few days and a great way for kids to get to know each other and their teacher.

School and the City: Open House (Meet the Teacher Night)

Very cool back to school idea!

Warm Fuzzy Jar! When students are caught being kind they get a "warm fuzzy" to put in the jar. When the jar is full have a class party!

- she has some great ideas //

Welcome Back Poem Goodie Bag for the beginning of the school year...I would change a little, but love some of the ideas...especially the Laffy Taffy!