Engaging 1st Day activities for 2nd grade

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  1. Mable

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    We also read, How I spent my summer vacation by Mark Teague and do the good ole' writing prompt about summer....
     
  2. Mable

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    Classroom scavenger hunt

    *find where you sharpen your pencils
    *what animals are the trash cans? (I put, Feed the Dog and Feed the Cat on my cans)
    *what is the #1 rule?

    etc., etc.
     
  3. CatieCat

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    Mable I love the idea about the letter! What a great idea! Do you have the students share their letters with the class? I am going to have to steal that idea!
     
  4. Daisyd

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    I hate to be a downer, but for safety reasons, do you really want to send your kids names flying all over town? We tried to do a balloon launch at my old school, but the town canceled it because of litter/environmental concerns....:sorry:
     
  5. nytwinbee

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    iteachm123, that is exactly what I did. I also shared the origin of my name which is quite unique, and we focus on how special our names are. It really helped to stop kids from teasing each other.
     
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    I am sending you a pm...I am so excited to see your ideas!!
     
  7. heartofateacher

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    Thank you to everyone who has replied. I haven't been on much lately and am just getting to check to responses. Thank you all so much for your input and suggestions.
     
  8. Pattie

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    You could do a graph of "First Day Feelings" and have 4 or so hand drawn face pictures depicting happy, scared, excited, nervous, etc. and have kids color and put their name under picture and then do a class pictograph. They could also do speech bubbles and draw self pictures beside speech bubbles and say how they felt on first day. Sometimes those self portraits are so cute done by primary age kids!:lol:
     
  9. divey

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    I love the homework bag idea! Have you found the poem yet? I'd love to borrow it. :D
     
  10. Uwwchica23

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    I just found out that I will be teaching Second Grade in the upcoming school year...all of these ideas were great!
     
  11. heartofateacher

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    Glad you could find some ideas. You'll find alot of great info here. Good luck to you this year!
     
  12. Lysander

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    I use a special font for my computer to make a first day writing sheet that has the primary lines. Students can copy the sentences: "Today is the first day of school. I am in second grade. this is my best printing. Can you read it easily?" Since it is copying, it is appropriate for a warm up while you are busy takin attendance, calming anxious students, collecting materials, etc. Students can do this independently regardless of their level, and it is a great informal writing sample. I hand it back the last day of school so students can see how much they've grown, since by then they're writing in cursive (most of them). If you can't find a primary lines font on the computer, you could also hand make one too, using primary paper.
     
  13. *Autumn*

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    Thanks for the great ideas! I am will be teaching 2nd grade bilingual this year! I am so excited.
     
  14. tiggerteacher

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    All your ideas are great! I am moving this year from 1st to teach 2nd and 3rd pull out reading and math. Thanks for the ideas!
     
  15. mizzp

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    I'd love a copy of your packet but I can't send you a PM for some reason. I just registered today so perhaps I'm not a seasoned member yet.
     
  16. Always reading

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    Thanks for all of the great information. I am a new second grade teacher and any ideas are appreciated
     
  17. ClassicPooh2

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    Back to School Kit Help!

    I am also new here and am not able to PM. I would love a copy of the back to school kit.

    Thanks.
     
  18. teachermom123

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    I would like to see your overheads that you use with the calendar. I was thinking of doing something similiar next year. thanks, tcobb123@hotmail.com
     
  19. Mrs. Chick

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    packet

    Same here!! How many posts do you need to PM??
     
  20. maebowler

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    AHHH

    I think I may be teaching 2nd grade starting Tuesday. AHHHH... thanks for ideas and anymore are appreciated. What do you think your schedule will be?
     
  21. teachw/faith

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    back to school packet????

    I know this was posted years ago, but do you still have the packet?
     
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    Chrysanthemum

    We also start with Chrysanthemum - I make a copy of the book cover on paper then the students pass it around as I read - every time someone says/ does something hurtful in the book, the person holding the paper crinkles it up - then passes it to the next person who repeats the process. When someone does/ says something nice in the book, the person holding the paper fixes it (especially at the end). AFter reading, we look at the paper and talk about how it has changed and how we can't really fix it - relate it to how our words/ actions can hurt and we can't ever really "fix" it when we hurt someone.
     
  23. Teacher Chele

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    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Chrysanthemum!!!!! This is a great idea. I also love the idea of having the kids go home and find out where their name came from. Lots of great ideas here!!!!!!!!!!!!:thanks:
     
  24. Lynnnn725

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    I am so glad I stopped by this site. I got some really great ideas. I agree with the others on the handwriting sample at the beginning of the year. We did that and we did it again at the end of the year. It was placed in a portfolio (with a writing sample from the beginning, middle and end of year) for the parents at the end of the year.
    I love the Chrysanthemum idea with the crinkled paper and the name research. So excited!
     
  25. kinderkc

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    Love all the great ideas shared here! I have a question about the first day of school...we do a "supply and say hi" night so I've already figured out how they go home,etc.
    What do all of you do (activity wise) when parents are coming in and dropping off their child? Last year I gave them a piece of constriction paper and had them write their name really big and decorate it with things about themselves. Anyone have a more creative idea? It's always a stressful morning bc I'm trying to talk to the parents and make sure the kids are occupied. Especially the ones who's parents don't drop them off.

    Thank you!! :)
     
  26. trayums

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    I don't have my plan book in front of me but from what I remember:

    We usually start with a classmates word search (it's on their tables when they come in the room) along with first day of school coloring pages.
    We also draw ourselves on the first day of first grade (the last day I give them the same sheet but it says, this is me on the last day of first grade)
    I read First Day Jitters to them
    We learn a first day of school poem and they put it in their poetry notebook and illustrate it.
    We read the booky Wemberly Worried and share our excitement and worries about first grade. I introduce a "worries" book that I leave out in the classroom for children to record their worries in.
    We do some exploring of math manipulatives
    I do a school scavenger hunt.
    We put our names up on the word wall and I play some word wall word games.
     
  27. demijasmom

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    Really great ideas...can't wait to get back in the classroom. I read Crysanthemum too, we would discuss names, make colorful name tags cut them apart, graph the number of letters in our names and we would see what words we could make from Crysanthemum.
     
  28. RugRats

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    What a GREAT idea!
     
  29. alwillia

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    First Day Packet

    I would like the first day packet. This will be my 3rd year teaching anf my first year in 2nd grade. My email is : ashley.williamson85@yahoo.com
    Thanks,
    Ashley
     
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    back to school

    Hi! I am new to the website...and new to teaching second grade. I have worked with first graders, for one year, and fourth graders for two years. I would love to see the stuff you have for "back to school" but can't send you a personal message :(

    In the past, I have used Chrysanthemum and The Kissing Hand. I have a few other "getting to know you" activities, too.

    Can't wait to start connecting with everyone!


     
  31. Wishbone

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    Katy,
    I would love to see your back to school activities. My email is betsymeador@comcast.net thanks so much
     
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    I would love to see what you have. Please send to me at bcooley529@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much!
     
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    Snowball "ice-breaker": have each student get out a piece of paper, DO NOT WRITE THEIR NAME ON IT, but list 5 things about themselves (such as hair color, favorite show, sport, etc.). They then wad up the paper into a ball, and throw it at the chalkboard (they love this). Each student takes a turn, comes up to the front of the room, opens a "snowball" and tries to guess who it is. I learn a lot about them and it easiest the tension of the first day.
     
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    We make paper airplanes with our names on them. Then we stand in a circle and fly them. After they land, we pick them up and each student takes someone's plane to their desk and writes a compliment on it for the owner. We fly them 4-5 times and then each child gets his/her own plane back.
     
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    Back to school packet

    I am a first year teacher and would love a copy of your packet.. mishabagley7@gmail.com:)
     

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