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 and energy to begin to build the classroom community. When I write my lesson plans, I include getting-to-know-you activities. These activities provide opportunities for the students to interact positively with each other press this link. The children are eager to make new friends, learn about the classroom environment, and start to become part of a school family. Most likely, the classroom will end up a property away from home for the next ten months.

When a classroom functions as a grouped 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. A few of these things take some time. However, it really is time well spent. Below are a few getting-to-know-you activities to advertise friendship and also to begin building a classroom community that is positive.

All About Me Bags

From the day that is first of, I share my “All About Me” bag. I fill the bag with four to six special things that tell about me. For example, I may include a special bookmark to share my love of reading or a small dog statue to talk about my children pet. After sharing my bag, I ask the learning students to develop an All About Me bag to take home and fill. The students take the bag house or apartment with an email requesting 4 to 6 special things that informs us about her or him. Students bring the bags back into school and share these 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. Continue reading