Hunt No Farther for a Great Classroom Ice-Breaker
This clever idea by Natausha, a 2nd Grade Teacher in Warsaw, NC, helps students lose their first day jitters quickly!
On the first day of school, I use a scavenger hunt to help my students acclimate to their new classroom environment. I make up several different lists of things for pairs of students to locate and respond to. The lists may include items such as:
• Find our 100th day of School Bulletin Board. Record the date the 100th Day will fall on this school year.
• Locate our class library. Jot down the names of three book titles you have read or want to read.
• Find our class pet, Cornflake the hamster. Look on the care sheet next to Cornflake’s cage and jot down two things we need to do to take care of her each day.
For the last item on the list, I have children locating a surprise, such as a back to school treat bag filled with colorful erasers, a cool pencil, stickers, mini activity books, etc.
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This article was part of the August 2010 Classroom Connection Newsletter. Check out the other articles from this edition: