- Publisher: Alphabet Publishing
- Available in: Ebook, Paperback
- ISBN: Ebook 978-0-9977628-0-8, Paperback 978-0-9977628-1-5
- Published: August 3, 2016
“A treasure trove of creative and practical icebreakers, warm-ups, and activities for building a cohesive class.”
– Dorothy Zemach
“Walton Burns has created a compact treasure that teachers will value no matter how many years they have already been in the field.”
– Jennifer Lebedev
With 50 Activities for the First Day of School, you can walk in to any classroom and start off right foot with no preparation. This collection of fun and engaging activities will help you take care of important first day business and have fun at the same time.
The book is divided into sections, depending on your goal. On the first day of school, learn students’ names, build rapport, assess their knowledge, introduce language, and establish the class rules. Your students will walk away having had a fun first class. You will walk away with a classroom community that is respectful, work-oriented, and friendly.
All of these activities are all classroom-tested, student-loved, and teacher-approved. All are presented with clear and detailed instructions. There are also tons of suggestions for varying or adapting the activities to your classroom. Even an experienced teacher will come to see old favorites and go-to activities in a new light.
Most importantly, this curated collection includes only day one activities that I have used successfully with my students. What’s more, they all do more than break the ice. They build classroom community and rapport between teacher and student, and among students. They set a tone of respect and caring in your classroom.