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?