When students come through my doors on the first day of school, I want to be sure to give them a meaningful activity to do. This year, my idea came from here. After students put backpacks away, sharpened pencils, and did all the other things they needed to do to prepare for the day, they used the PostIt notes I had placed on their desks to answer the 6 questions from the pictures below. Later in the day, we discussed the questions, combined similar answers and a student scribe wrote the answers in a list on posters. I liked the answers and thought I would share them with you.
Poster #1 - What will you need to do to be successful this year?
Poster #2 - What will Mrs. Morford need to do to help you this year?
(A third grader wrote this one, and was rather uncertain about spelling.)
Set rules for us
Poster # 3 – Our classroom should be _______________ everyday.
(Every student answered this one with a variation of “we learn” so we discussed some more and put down a few more specifics)
We learn about:
Poster #5 – What do you hope to learn this year in 3rd or 4th grade?
Keep desks clean