First Day Morning Work

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  1. Miss Kirby

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    What will you have your second graders do when they walk in the door on the first day of school. In first grade, they had an abc dot to dot or a coloring sheet. What do you have your second graders do?
     
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    A word search with words that have to do with me, such as penn state, cats, baseball, teacher, etc. Then I explain what the words mean. My second graders LOVE word searches and this gives them a chance to get to know things about me.
     
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    Cool, and you can make word searches on this website right?

    I was thinking about making a word search with the kid's names!
     
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    My kids will decorate their own name tags for their cubbies and coat hooks. For the coat hooks, they use a small blank index card, and for the cubbies, a large index card... though I may make something with their PHOTO on it! That will make the cubbies even easier to identify.

    Last year I did a word search with the kids' names. I may do that for the second day. I am a little worried however, because I may have a low reader who can't do it! That's why I will wait until day 2... I don't want anyone too discouraged on the first day of school!
     
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    I was just thinking that a word search with student names would be better for the second day. Sometimes we end up with "new" students on the first day that weren't on our class list. If you waited, then nobody would be left out.
     
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    I have a "packet" there for the students - word search, crossword, etc. that relate to back to school. It is enough to keep the students busy/entertained until all latecomers have made it in.
     
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    In the past, I've done a word search related to the class theme. But I really like the name word search idea.
     
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    I did a wordsearch with all the kids names in it. They only worked on it for a few minutes when they came into the classroom and then while I was getting all of their supplies situated etc. They seemed to really love it!
     
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    One year, I made a giant word search with all students names in it. I posted it on the bulletin board at the entrance of our class. During Open House, 2 days before school began, students who attended looked for their name on the list and within the word search but didn't mark it. I saved that for the 1st day of school as a way of introducing students to one another. As someone mentioned it was challenging as students were added later but I purposefully left space all around so names could easily be added going across the top or bottom as well as downh the sides. The board stayed up several weeks.
     
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    I like the giant wordsearch idea!
     
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    I had a back to school "What wrong with this picture" worksheet. The kids had to find ten things that was wrong in the classroom ex:There was a dog in the classroom. Edhelper.com has some really good stuff
     
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    The really good stuff catalog had some little half sheet postcards that were fill in the blank. Essentially stuff like My name is_________, My school name is__________, My teacher's name is__________, and then has a small word search, some math review and a section to write about what they want to learn this year.

    I'm probably going to modify this some, but thought it would be something good for first thing.
     
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    I am a new teacher and am very, very nervous about the first day. I was thinking of having them decorate a name tag for their lockers on the first day, and then having the name search for the second day.

    Thanks for all the great suggestions.
     
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    I have a welcome packet that has wordsearch, jumbled words, reading comprehension story, coloring page, etc. I put in quite a few things to have them work on throughout the week.
     
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    The first thing I have students do is a handwriting sample...I have a font that includes primary lines and arrows for Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian handwriting. (I think you can get a similar font from abcteach.com) I make a new one for each year. This one's says "Today is August 25, 2008. I am in the second grade. This is my best writing. Can you read it easily?" I then give them several blank lines to copy it. Once they are finished, I give them a word search of words related to our classroom. This gives me plenty of time to take attendance, collect the tissue boxes, etc.
     
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    My children's school started last year having an open house the night before the first day of school. The parents bring in all the supplies that night and help get them stashed. I am realizing from reading this thread how helpful that must be!
     
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    I give the students a picture (outline of a person) that they have to color to look like themselves and then cut out. Then I use their pictures for a bulletin board introducing our new class. It's an easy beginning activity for the first day when a lot of the kids are still nervous.
     
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    I have a packet made up with enough sheets that could last the first week. I put in a mixture of phonics and math stuff so I can see who can already do what (ex. beginning/ending sounds, basic add./sub.).
     
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    Okay maybe they can decorate a label for their journals, and then do a handwriting sheet afterwards. Hmmmm.
     
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    How about a page of school related riddles? My first graders loved riddles at the end of the year.
     

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