Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The First Day of School

What activity should I do for the first day of school? 

This year I want to do the first few days of school right.  Usually I just read the standard course documents, lab safety talk and dive right into my first unit.  This year I plan to shake that up by doing a few more getting-to-know-you style things with the kids.  I've narrowed my options down to:

1) Learning Styles Survey - an easy end of the class activity to toss at the kids.  They answer questions to a quick survey and plot out what type of "mind" they have.  There are several variations "out there" I'll have to find one and link to it.

2) A changing view of the world - In my 9th grade Earth Science, I give the kids a piece of blank paper and have them draw me the Earth.  I'll htell them to draw it as a map and to label as many different things on the map as they can (islands, rivers, mountainranged, countrys, cities, anything, etc)  I want to have them repeat and revise their maps 3 more times throughout the year.  At the end of the year they will have 4 maps (and each should be more detailed than the last).

3) Directions Quiz - Either one of those lists that is a reading challenge or something more hands on - like building origami from directions.

4) Goals cards - I have always had my kids make namecards on index cards so I can call on them throughout the year.  at the end of the year I give the kids back their cards and they like to see what kind of predictions they made from the first week.  I want to do the cards last because I want them to add their scores from the first 3 activities to the cards and see how they do at the end of the year.

So what do you guys think?  Sound like a good first few days of high school science?


  1. Maybe you could organise an event regarding to your hobbies and post it on the notice board. Great blog, followed.

  2. Thanks for the idea! I'm coming back to this post today!

  3. The elephant one is the coolest thing ive seen all day

  4. be a cool teacher and tell your kids they can screw around?