Whether you’re a veteran teacher or a brand new one, planning back to school is a feat to behold! In this article we will talk about how to create lesson plans related to the first day of school with many tips to help you do it!
The key to having a stress-free first day – says L. Kamp – is to plan ahead, plan a lot and then plan even more. Plan a lot more than you think you need because it’s always better to push something into the next day rather than scrambling to find ways to fill the time.
How to make lesson plans for the first day of school
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icebreaker activity page.
Set your desk layout with name tags
Consider assigning student desks in alphabetical order. This is useful for several reasons.
You’ve probably looked at your pupil list dozens of times and it’s usually in alphabetical order.
Assigning students to their desks in this same order will help you quickly remember everyone’s name. You can always switch banks later.
Plan an “accommodation” activity
Says L. Kamp: Prepare a simple page of morning work that is ready to go to the students’ desks when they arrive. Choose something fun that students can complete on their own without help as they settle down and put away their supplies.
Provide something that students can work on independently, take attendance, manage supplies, comfort a student, etc.
Choose a creative way to introduce yourself
Show students a short PowerPoint presentation to introduce yourself and allow students to get to know you better.
If you created a presentation for Meet last year, use that for some sort of breakthrough continuity! There is no need to reinvent the wheel! Show students pictures of your family, pets, vacations.
Tell them more about you so they can make a personal connection with their teacher.
Plan many activities to get to know, to allow them to get to know each other and to get to know them
Icebreakers and healthy team building activities are a great way for students to get to know each other. Plan two or three so you can do them throughout the day. Remember, you may be nervous about the first day of school, but many of your students are definitely more nervous and don’t know what to expect. This is a great way to interact with their classmates without getting in trouble. Some ice-breaking challenges to try: build the tallest tower with shoes, alphabetic name games, introduce a friend, match musical notes, find someone who…, etc.
Give yourself time to organize school supplies
Allow time throughout the day to label and organize school supplies. Most students will have a desk full of supplies and can’t wait to use them! Model your desk’s expectations, such as stacking things neatly inside, and provide time to label notebooks, folders, etc.
Start building your class identity
Give students more opportunities to get to know their classmates and their class. Plan a Find a Friend game where students have a list of things they need to find a friend to match. It’s a fun icebreaker. It is also an opportunity to learn the names of others. Students find friends and then write down the names of their classmates. A treasure hunt in the classroom is another fun way to help students get to know each other and feel comfortable together, but I think Covid weather doesn’t allow it except in the garden.
Choose first day read aloud
Distribute 3-4 different readings aloud on the first day of school. Pulling students to the carpet in close proximity and reading aloud for them is relaxing. Depending on the book, it can also be a fun and engaging icebreaker. My favorite book for the first day of school is…, you’re finally here! It’s the perfect back-to-school book ever.
Establish the rules of the class
Decide how you want to communicate your class rules to students. You may have 3-5 rules you decide on, or you may have students decide which rules they should follow. You may also decide to do a class contract. Whichever option you choose, keep it positive! Always try to formulate the rules in a positive tone. For example: “Walk in class” instead of “Don’t run” and “Use a lower tone of voice” instead of “Don’t scream”. Consider having all students sign the class rules or contract. This can help with discipline throughout the year and help empower children.
Getting students and the class back on track after a break: Reviewing rules, routines, and procedures is very important.
Teach the important procedures of the first day
Teach and have them practice the procedures they will have to use on a daily basis. The procedures you will need to teach on the first day include:
Give yourself plenty of time throughout the day to practice, practice, practice! It is so important to start training your students from day one and the time you spend now will pay off all year round. Explain your expectations for each discipline and each of the tests and practice every day until students meet them.
Clearly establish the training objectives to be aimed at
I don’t always manage to set goals on the first day of school, but I make sure I do it during the first week. Ask students to set goals for what they want to accomplish this year and write them in a booklet that looks like them! I hang them up and leave them all year round. I take them down and we review our goals during the last week of school. Let’s add gold medals for an Olympics year!
Finally your day is coming to an end
When all your students have left and you have dropped out of school too, go home, sit back, relax and breathe! Congratulations to yourself on making it through the first day of school and know that it will be easier every day!