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Activities for 1st Day of School

7 First Day of School Activities Students Love
Most teachers face the big day with enthusiasm, but they dread the inevitable challenge: what to do on the first day of school. Every teacher's approach is different. Whatever your goal, here are a few things to try to get the school year off to a great start!
Powerful Learning Practice - 8 First Day of School Activities
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Kim's Korner for Teacher Talk - First Days of School
Here are some activities you can do with students on the first day back to school. Some are fun, some are valuable as learning tools, and some are both.
EdWorld's Back to School Archive
EdWorld's Back to School archive page offers loads of useful articles and 12 volumes of icebreakers and first day of school activities to help students and teachers get to know each other.
Icebreakers Archive | Classroom Icebreaker Activities | Ice Breakers | Back to School | First Day of School
Scholastic.com - 7 Great Activities for the First Day of School
Get to know your students — and help them get to know each other — by creating time capsules, playing a game of "guess who," and more.
Tes Connect - Back-to-school resources
First day back to school activities, resources, teaching ideas, games and assemblies. Find lesson plans, tips and advice for the classroom.
EdHelper - First Day and First Week of School Activities
EdHelper contains many free printable handouts and activities for the beginning of the school year.
Best of Works4Me: Back to School
Works4Me is a free weekly e-newsletter, showcasing practical classroom tips written by the readers themselves. Here are 21 of the best back-to-school-themed teaching tips including teaching tips, ideas and strategies to help start the new school year.
A to Z Teacher Stuff
Activities for the First Days of School
Teaching With a Mountain View: First Day of School Activities for Big Kids
Some ideas of engaging activities for the first days of school...specifically with the older crowd (grades 3-6) in mind.
Teach Thought - 10 Team-Building Games For The First Day Of Class
TeachThought Staff Team-building activities are great. Not only can they help establish routines, tone, and expectations, they're also fun, and can help learners feel comfortable. Though many older students in high school and college may groan at their thought, they're usually fun, and great ways to help students feel at ease.
Printable Back-to-School Worksheets
Back to school word puzzles, friendship game, classroom scavenger hunt, all about me printables, and reading passages.
First Day Activities
I've compiled this list of activities over the years as I find new interesting things to do with kids the first day. I often don't do the same one for each class either and may vary the activity based on how much class time we actually have.
Beginning of School Activities - PreKinders
Pre-K & Preschool activities for the first days of school. In the beginning of the year, we spend a lot of time talking about rules and practicing rules. Our lessons and activities are centered around learning the rules and procedures of the classroom.
The Lesson Plans Page - Back To School Lesson Plans, First Day of School Lesson Plans, Beginning Of School Lesson Pla...
Collections of lesson plans, ideas and resources for teaching popular topics.
Teaching Ideas - First Day
The best teaching ideas for math, reading, science, writing, art, spelling, assessment, bulletin boards, character ed, class meetings, classroom management, first day, holidays, learning centers, service learning, social studies, teacher tips, and more!
Open Court Resources.com - First Day of School Activities
Lots of First Day Activities from Cape Brenton Victoria School Board
Search Result: first day of school - TeachersPayTeachers.com
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ProTeacher! Back to school ideas for starting off right on the first day and week of school for elementary classroom ...
ProTeacher! Back to school ideas for starting off right on the first day and week of school for elementary classroom teachers in grades K-5.
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School and Back to School! School plays a huge part in the lives of our children - and our lives too!
Tales of a 6th Grade Classroom: Get to Know Your Students with These First Week of School Activities!
Here are tons of great beginning of the year activities already designed and ready to be printed and copied.
Mrs. Nelson's Class - The First Day of School Activities
Back to School Night / Meet the Teacher Night Every school where I've taught, we have always had a Back to School night where the children are able to meet their new teacher. I've also heard of this night called "Meet the Teacher" or "Class Walkthroughs".
Back to School Activities
Back to School Activities include: 'get to know you' and ice-breaker, assembly ideas, first day lessons, and bulletin board ideas.