Getting-to-Know-You Activities: The First and Beyond week

The desks are arranged, favorite books are displayed, math manipulatives are sorted, and lesson plans are increasingly being written. It’s time for you to start building the classroom community. When I write my lesson plans, I include getting-to-know-you activities. These activities provide opportunities for the learning students to interact positively with each other. The kids are wanting to make friends that are new find out about the classroom environment, and start to become section of a school family. In the end, the classroom will become a home away from home for the next ten months.

When a classroom functions as a community, children feel safe and accepted. They interact respectfully and responsibly with each other. Building this learning community is fostered through structured routines, consistent schedules, class meetings, shared experiences, and groupings that are flexible. Each one of these things take some time. However, it is time well spent. Here are a few getting-to-know-you activities to advertise friendship also to begin building a classroom community that is positive.

All About Me Bags

On the day that is first of, I share my “All About Me” bag. I fill the bag with four to six items that are special tell about me. As an example, I may include a bookmark that is special share my passion for reading or a tiny dog statue to talk about my children pet. After sharing my bag, I ask the students to design an All About Me bag to take home and fill. The students use the bag house or apartment with an email requesting four to six items that are special informs us about her or him. Students bring the bags back into school and share them with the >All I used to design the bag about me pattern. This template is through the Scholastic Resource 30 Instant Collaborative Classroom Banners by Deborah Schecter.

All About Me Books

My students enjoy creating “A Book About Me”. I prefer to use a formatted template for the book, but you can generate a listing of topics and provide students blank paper for book making. Night i learn a lot about my students by reading their books and the families enjoy reading the books at back-to-school. If time is restricted, try an All About Me poster. While browsing Scholastic’s Printables, I came across the “i will be Special” mobile activity.