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Getting-to-Know-You Activities: The Very First and Beyond week

Getting-to-Know-You Activities: The Very First and Beyond week

The desks are arranged, favorite books are displayed, math manipulatives are sorted, and lesson plans are being written. It’s time to start building the classroom community. I include getting-to-know-you activities as I write my lesson plans. These activities provide opportunities when it comes to learning students to interact positively with one another. The kids are desperate to make new friends, learn about the classroom environment, and be part of a school family. All things considered, the classroom will end up a house away from home for the next ten months.

When a classroom functions as a community, children feel safe and accepted. They interact respectfully and responsibly with each other. Building this learning community is fostered through structured routines, consistent schedules, class meetings, shared experiences, and groupings that are flexible. Continue reading