First Day Fun

Welcome to the First day of 2nd Grade!



I think this is the first time I've every actually accomplished everything that was on my plans for the first day of school! ha!  I think it really helps that most everyone shows up on Meet the Teacher day and brings their supplies, so I don't have to spend a lot of time on that in the morning.

So, when they came in, I had some Play-Doh on their desk for them to play with while I ran round getting everyone squared away and talking with parents.  I keep them in their group buckets, for ease of putting away.


 Then, after a few minutes of getting myself calmed down and taking a few sips of coffee (ha! Teacher needs a moment), I bring them to the carpet and introduce our first book for the day, You're Finally Here! and did a cute little activity from Linda Kamp.


Then, I got them up and moving with the Snowball Name Game! They loved this game. I saw the idea on Jodi's Instagram (Fun in First)


Then we headed outside to take our First Week of School pictures for their memory books. My sign says first week of school, because sometimes I get to it on the first day, and sometimes I don't. So I give myself that leverage. ha!


Then we came back in and did some housekeeping... we labeled all their folders and notebooks.


Here's a little teacher tip for labels.... Print half of the sheet with all the labels for one student, so you can write their name going all the way down, cut down the middle, and then hand them the stickers. This went SO quickly this year because I finally (16 years later) had that smart thought. 


Then we headed out to activity - which meant it was my time to make sure our dismissal groups were all set up and ready to go for this afternoon (our dismissal is SUPER crazy! But it's a well oiled machine once we get it all set up!).

We came back in and had about 20 minutes before lunch, so I had them start on their Memory Books.  I forgot to take pictures, so this is from First Grade.  I start folders for the kids so that I can keep them all organized and can throw in the rest of the papers throughout the rest of the year.


This is what they look like all finished!



After lunch, we came back in and came to the carpet for another book, Listen, Buddy.  It's such a cute book, and perfect for a segway into Whole Body Listening.

I made this chart a few years ago and use it every year.


After we talk about it, then we do a directed drawing and they get to label the different parts of their body and what they use them for.

Then it was time for us to practice our dismissal. YES, we HAVE to practice dismissal. lol. It took us 45 minutes to figure out what would work best...but we got it! And when it came time to actual dismissal, it worked flawlessly!

Then it was time to get up and moving again! That's the trick... to alternate up and down activities throughout the day. 

This one was SUPER fun!


I played KidsBop music and they walked around (or danced around!) and when the music stopped, they found the nearest person to pair up with.

I told them the person with the shortest hair always went first. They grabbed an M&M and read the chart for the corresponding color. Once that person was finished, the other person went. We did a few rounds of this, and the kids asked for more!


Here's what they talked about with whatever color they picked out.


You can click THIS LINK to download a printable copy of this. I just hand wrote this real quick the day before.

Then it was time to pass out papers to go home, talk about our behavior plan (Class Dojo!), and pack up, and head out for recess....except as we were walking out, it started to rain, of course! ha! So we set up our GoNoodle account right then and there and did some indoor recess.  We did our end of the day "Ellen Selfie" and then we headed out the door to go home.

It was a GREAT first day!

I'll back next week to show what we did for our first week of school.

Also, you can read THIS POST that I did last year for our first few days of 2nd grade.


And HERE is some ideas from when I taught First Grade!






23 comments

Suzy Q said...

HI, Jen--so fun to see what you are up to! Have another tip for printing so you won't have to wait another 16 years to think of it!

In powerpoint, duplicate your label sheet as many times as needed for your class, divided by two. Type in the first two students' names on the top label. Copy that and paste on the other three sets of labels on that page.

Repeat. Print. Done. And no hand writing in the names. Once you get the hang of it, it is much faster.

tswall said...

Hi there,

I love your labels! Would you be willing to share them?

Leen said...

What a great first day of activities! The snowball name game sounds like fun. Can you please explain how it's played?

Luis Francis said...

This is extremely exceptionally pleasant post you shared, I like the post, a debt of gratitude is in order for sharing..This is a to a prominent degree lighting up article. I additionally agree with your post title and you're really well light best essay writing service up your point of view. I am amazingly bounteous to see this post. A responsibility of appreciation is all together for share with us. Keep it up and share the simply more most related post.

Neha Sharma said...

Great post, I love this, I like snowball name game. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post.
Neha

B M said...

Such a nice and creative plans for the first day of school made by you. I like all the images and such cute things. Also tips for teachers given by you is also motivate beginners and teachers. By profession I am nursing assignment writer - http://www.qualityassignment.co.uk/nursing-assignment-help/ and assisting students at Quality Assignment in UK as well as I love to find and reading such kind of creative things for kids and children’s in my free time as it refreshed my mood. That’s why I am keep reading here and enjoying reading your blog. Thanks.

Clipping Solutions said...


The information is very good and very useful. I really like it and I am also waiting for the next information
clipping path service
Photo Retouching services
Raster To vector conversion

Michael Jones said...

Assignment Help online
Try to add only relevant data and information. If you feel that you are stuck, you can take assignment help online to get a proper idea. There are several web services which can help you to find out a suitable solution to your problems.

Tuckerjackk said...

Norton.com/Setup is best antivirus available in the market. If you want to protect your system online or locally from any unforeseen events Norton is is a must have software in your PC or Mac. Activate your Norton.com/Setup to protect yourself ad your data from your system from malware and antivirus. Browse internet without any hesitation norton will take care of all malicious antiviruses floating all over internet.

Office.com/Setup is a software which is used by almost all company and business and even by individuals For all their office activities or for personal use. It has excels, word, add ppt as their constituent are most widely used apps. For any concern and help just visit website for office help and key activation. You can do it by yourself if you know how to install office.com/Setup on your PC or Mac or you can call third party companies as well who can do it on your behalf.up.

Edward Lewis said...

We are available 24/7 to help you out the complete procedure of download and install of office.com/setup. And also Check out here complete steps for mcafee.com/activate for downloading, installing, uninstalling, and activating, and also get antivirus support for norton.com/setup, mcafee.com/activate.

Dylan Eales said...

Thanks for this informative content. It’s really good. Actually, I want to share some thoughts and reviews about an Australian assignment help company in Australia and the brand name is SAMPLE ASSIGNMENT. Here, I am working as an Academic Expert. To look at our online academic assistants who provide reference assignment including Accounting, Management, Finance, IT, Economics, Computer Science, Nursing, Marketing; all Academic subjects to University Students all over the Australia or even worldwide, Here is a big online assignment help providers who help students to get HD grades according to assessment guidelines and instructions. Those who are searching for assignment help Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide etc. get a touch with Sample Assignment - the No.1 Assignment provider. Any student really wants to buy an assignment at the cheapest price goes to our branded website and has a look and opts our amazing and informative services, you can avail of our convenient online assignment help and samples available on our website for free. You can download it if you want. Are you ready to get 100 out of 100 in your university assessment? We assign the best writer according to the subject for your academic problems and provide support in assignment writing services. Our Customer Care Executives are available 24*7 hours to assist you in the best possible manner. Phone calls and emails are the best methods used by online assignment maker

Metin NARMANLI said...

Levent Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Büyükçekmece Yangın Tüpü |
Silivri Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Anadolu Yakası Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |


İst Yangın Söndürücü |
Taksim Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Beylikdüzü Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Beyoğlu Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Blog |

Metin NARMANLI said...

Esenler Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Esenyurt Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Etiler Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Mecidiyeköy Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |


Fatih Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Gaziosmanpaşa Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Zeytinburnu Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Şişli Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |

Metin NARMANLI said...

Küçükçekmece Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Tuzla Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Güngören Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Sultanbeyli Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |


Ümraniye Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Üsküdar Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
İstanbul Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Çatalca Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |

Metin NARMANLI said...

Nişantaşı Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Sancaktepe Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Sultangazi Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Bebek Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |


Bakırköy Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Bayrampaşa Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Başakşehir Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Beşiktaş Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |

Metin NARMANLI said...

Arnavutköy Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Avcılar Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Ataşehir Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Bağcılar Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |


Bahçelievler Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Şile Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Kağıthane Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Eyüp Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |

Metin NARMANLI said...

Sarıyer Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |


Adalar Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Avrupa Yakası Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Beykoz Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Çekmeköy Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |


Kadıköy Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Kartal Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Maltepe Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |
Pendik Yangın Söndürme Tüpü |

Carl Smith said...

Get Step-by-Step guide for Norton.com/setup – Activate, Download & complete installation from norton.com/setup and get the best security setup for any of your preferred devices just by visiting norton.com/setup & mcafee.com/activate . Also try our step by step guide for office.com/setup . it is simple and easy with full explanation and can be manage by anyone all you need to do is to visit office.com/setup .

aida martin said...

Great post i must say and thanks for the information.I appreciate your post and look forward to more.

norton.com/setup | mcafee.com/activate | norton.com/setup | mcafee.com/activate | norton.com/setup




norton.com/nu16 said...

Norton.com/nu16 to guard your device against malicious package programs. Norton Setup, laptop dangers and malware strike unit one regular for the massive get-together using laptop, PCs or Mobile telephones.

Norton.com/nu16 |
Norton Setup |
Norton setup |
www.norton.com/nu16 |
norton my account |
www.norton.com/setup |
norton enter product key

susan kingmoond said...

Office.com/setup is a self-decision supplier of remote specific help relationship for programming, mechanical get together, and peripherals. We are amazing since we have confine in things from a wide gathering of outcast affiliations. Office setup has no association with any of these untouchable affiliations aside from if such relationship is unequivocally appeared.
http://offiicecom-setup.com/

susan kingmoond said...

Office setup indicate makes no structures or ensures that the Officesetup-office-setup-show Website will be open on a, beneficial, tireless, secure or botch up free start. Office.com/setup Content got to, downloaded or everything considered got on or utilizing the site page is used at your own specific watchfulness.
http://office-comoffice.com/

susan kingmoond said...

Norton.com/setup has provided a number of ways of protecting your confidential information, software and applications. Through its safe web product, it also helps the users in ensuring that they are visiting or accessing a virus-free or safe website.Norton setup services as well as products, all you need to do is visit Norton.com/setup.
http://nortoncomusa.com/

Back to Top