Posters for students to set class/school goals, with a space below each for them to list the steps they will need to take to achieve their goals. 4 versions: 3 pdf files with sassoon font: one with lines, one with numbers, and one with numbers and only 2 callout bubbles. 1 word doc with comic sans. I will edit the documents and replace 'my' with the name of the student and print one off for each child in my class. Plus one for myself, so that I can set some personal (teaching) goals for myself. I will also print out a large 'to achieve by xx/xx/xxxx' so that the goals are time sensitive and display this alongside the student's posters. Also included some display headings, quotes, and stars to make a classroom display. (star clipart is 'for reuse from clipartpanda.com)
Panicking? I have been. This resource has 2 simple first day activities. One worksheet is a 'find someone who' double sided questionnaire...students can circulate around the room and try to find a classmate who has or can x,y,z and write the name in the box. (you may need to edit some of the questions for your school and grade) Other worksheet (Getting to know you)I may put on the tables when students arrive and they can fill in the answers about themselves and their interests, strengths and weaknesses. Hope they help new classes.
More or Less Homework?? Discussion Activity Designed to allow me to evaluate the group work skills of a group of four grade 3 students and to see if they are demonstrating 'cooperative learning behaviours'. I hope that it has been designed to encourage the exchange of ideas (exploratory and cumulative talk) and not just work out the logistics of completion (presentational and or argumentative talk). [However, it will require explaining and modelling] It is, (I think) a 'meaningful open-ended task' and has been worded so that students can interpret each reason as a pro or a con(:so that they can 'create their own meaning') Furthermore, it is difficult enough for there to be a potential of failure if they don't work collaboratively. Based on research articles and designed specifically for grade 3 international (inc. some high level ESL) students to complete in 20-25 minutes.
54 A4 thought provoking statements to be used as a thought for the day. I use them at the beginning of the day with a grade 3 class, but have also used them with a grade 1 class. Get a student to select one, pop it in a A4 card case display at the side of the white board - then as a class discuss what it means and how & why they should follow the advice. Uploaded a Word doc if you want or need to edit it, plus a PDF in case anyone has any font issues. "By sharing and helping others I get more done."