Next year will be my second year of teaching fifth grade, but last year I missed the first month of school. I have no idea what to do with the kids this first week. Well, I do have a few random ideas, but they're not going to take too much time. I want to do student surveys, start a timecapsule, play get to know each other bingo, and, of course, present, model, and practice our classroom procedures... What do you guys plan to do those first few days or weeks? When do you start getting into your curriculum? I'm tempted to jump right in, because I want the kids to know that I expect them to work hard and learn, but I also want to create a good sense of community and security with them... Also, does anyone have any back-to-school letters and/or packets that they'd be willing to share. I've seen a few that look great, but I'm still not exactly sure what I want/need to have in mine.