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A Back-to-School Conversation
Grade Levels: 1 - 4
Students will begin building relationships with the teacher and their classmates.
- Healthy snacks (ie. grapes, loaf of tasty bread, pretzels, mini-marshmallows)
- The first day of school, sit with your students in a circle and tell them a little bit about
Draw students in by sharing
things about yourself they'd want to know--like if you've gone skydiving
or lived any place unusual.
- Next, open the space up for informal introductions and a free-flowing discussion.
- It's not difficult to get everyone
engaged, but if the conversation stalls try one of these questions:
- Has anyone had a great time at a
- A terrible time?
- What's your favorite movie and why?
- What is your least favorite food?
- Pass around the grapes or bread or mini-marshmallows and try to create an atmosphere in
which the children feel welcome, feel like they belong, and feel like their teacher genuinely
cares about them.
Doing something this "un-classroom-like" the first day grabs the students' attention and eases
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