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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  3. MissHunny

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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!
     
  6. SaraFirst

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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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    I really love the large word search idea. How did you make it?
     
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    I'm glad you asked about this as I was thinking of doing this bulletin display again for my coming group. You could do this by hand, rather than on the computer.

    I took a centimeter grid and started a name plan. Names only went across, down, diagonally(left top to bottom right)...backwards seemed too difficult. I circled the names on the grid so I'd have an answer sheet.

    Once I had all student names(and my own) on the grid, some crossing others, I added some phrases and other words: school is fun, art, recess, math, reading, second grade rocks, etc for added fun.

    Then I added misc. letters to open spots on the grid choosing whatever letter popped in my head or intentionally choosing the same letters to throw the kids off.

    Then in a blank document on the computer, I cap locked and typed in the letters according to the plan. I think I did the format as landscape so I could make each row longer if I needed. As this was a few years ago I'm trying to remember what I did. I think I typed a letter and then tabbed once and added the next letter until each row was complete. You may need to adjust your letter size or your tabbing. I may have also just hit the spacebar a few times between each letter.

    I added a word list to the bottom of the page. I then folded a copy into quarters and enlarged each onto 11x17 paper. Pieced them together and put them on the bulletin board. You could make more sections to do more enlarging.

    I enlarged the word search list and attached it to the bulletin board. As new students were added to my list, I just added a new row or column, with their name within the row or column and added them to the list.Once complete I printed a master so I could make copies so the kids had their own word search and I had a master answer sheet.

    It takes a bit of time but I don't think it's really that difficult and the kids loved it! A few weeks after school I teach the kids how to make their own word search to do with our spelling words every week...it's our Friday activity. They create them and then trade them if they want to challenge a friend or they take them home for a family member to do.

    If you do it and come up with any shortcuts I'd love to hear them...good luck!
     
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    I like my kids to decorate name tags for themselves and then fill out a questionaire about themselves that include their name, how old they are, their favorite food, favorite subject, and draw a picture to go with it.
    childrenscomprehension.com
     
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    I do this too except the outline that they color is glued to the top of a black piece of construction paper and they write first, middle, and last name on the black paper in chalk. Then they trace their hands glue to the paper so it looks as though they are standing behind a name sign and holding it up.
     
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    How about a get to know me sheet?
    Favorites?
    Least favorites?
    Talents?
    Fears
    Likes
    Dislikes
    hobbies
    etc
     

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