If you're looking for some beginning of the year activities, take a look at these two:
- TravelingTogether's Treasure Hunt, which is a neat way to help get students acquainted with their new classroom. She shows you how to create a cool-looking "old" map with clues for students to find small treasures at each location, really exotic places like the pencil sharpener and the homework tray. :-) I really like this!
- MrsRobinson'sClassroomBlog has "6 Questions" to write on chart paper for students to answer on sticky notes and post themselves. This way, students contribute to the expectations set for the year, and help them think about how they can excel. She then read and talked to her students about their answers.
What are you going to do to open up the school year?