August 2, 2015

First Day Tried and True Linky Party


Howdy! I am Tricia from Tricia's Terrific Teaching Trinkets! So excited to be a part of this linky party.  Let's get this party started!

I love the first day of school!  The night before the first day, I am a bit nervous and have a hard time sleeping... just like my kiddos.

Here is my favorite icebreaker community builder game.

"Guess the Kiddo"

Age Group:  Kindergarten through Third Grade
Materials:  A name tag for each new student, a seating chart, and a silly personality

Preparation
The night before school I finish up name tags for my new students and draw a classroom seating chart where I will place each student to sit on the first day of school.

Then I memorize the seating chart -  sometimes not as easy as it sounds.

How to Play
On the first day of school, after I introduce myself to the class and tell them a little bit about myself, my family and my teaching career, I tell my students that even through we have never met, I know each one of them by name.  I tell my students that I have "special powers" and as I hand out each nametag necklace, I will be able to find them. No peeking so cover those desk tags.

Then I begin my "acting"...sometimes I sniff looking for a student, look into their ear or come very close to their face. I may call them a wrong name like Darth Vader, Kevin the Minion or whatever movies/books/musicians are popular that August.

Once I find the student, I ask them one question about their favorite food, color, vacation etc... and the student asks me one question about anything they would like.

This game usually lasts around 15-20 minutes and without a doubt gets the giggles going and the first day jitters begin to disappear.

Other First Day of School Ideas include
* Teaching a yoga move like "downward dog", "cat/cow"
* Teaching one or two signs from sign language like "yes", "no", "water"
* Name scavenger hunt
* Beach ball Catch - answer a question about yourself
* "Get to know your Teacher" survey

Thanks for stopping by! Have an amazing beginning to your school year.
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4 comments :

  1. I teach 5th grade, but I think I could definitely use some of these ideas! Love the yoga moves one!

    Great color scheme on your blog, I love it!

    The Whimsical Teacher

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  2. Fun ideas! It's always a successful first day when you can get the nerves out and make them laugh.

    Debbie Crockett
    Crockett's Classroom . . . Forever in Third Grade

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  3. So funny! I love this idea! My kids love anything that involves magical powers and the first day of school is the best time to reveal your powers! Ha ha! Now, I wonder if I will be able to memorize the seating chart! You must have an excellent memory!
    Chrissie
    Undercover Classroom

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  4. Great ideas! I love the idea of teaching yoga. I have been doing a bunch of yoga over the break and I bet it would help calm down my nervous students. Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah
    Education Electrification

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