Wow! The first week is over and it was a blur of awesomeness! I cannot believe how smoothly it went. We started on a Wednesday, but if felt like a full week because we were so busy! I am at a new school this year and we are departmentalizing our grade level which is completely new for the kids. They did such a great job switching classes and learning their new schedules. I could not ask for better students. I am SO EXCITED about this school year!
I love starting the first week with an All About Me activity. It not only gives me a chance to learn about the kids, but it helps them learn about each other too. We used this All About Me BINGO game, which lets them create their own individualized BINGO boards.
While the kids were coloring, cutting, and gluing, I cut out the BINGO pieces and used them as the DRAW pile.
Once they finished making their boards, the fun really began. I drew the little cards and placed them under the document camera so they could keep track of what had been called.
They cheered for the winners each round and begged to play it again later. It was so much fun! Later this week, we’ll use the “Find Someone Who” page to get to know our classmates a little better. It has all the bingo pieces on it, and students have to find someone in the class that can write their initials on each spot.
I hope your school year started out great! What kinds of get-to-know-you activities do you use?