# First Day of School Activities 2021

Tomorrow is my first day of the school year with students! Yesterday and today were teacher days, and I do not feel fully ready and prepared for back to school this year. Even though I feel like I could use another week or so to prepare, I am excited about having students back in my classroom tomorrow!

It is going to be strange having full sized classes again. I have several classes that currently have an enrollment of 30. Last year, due to so many students opting to take virtual classes due to the pandemic, my largest class was 17. I only had 92 students across six periods.

This year, I’m back to much more normal numbers for my school. My largest class is 30, and I currently have 140 students enrolled across six periods. Those numbers will drop a bit as students get schedule changes. A handful of students always realize that they don’t need any more math classes to graduate, so they end up dropping my class. This year I am teaching Pre-Calculus (4 sections) and Statistics (2 sections).

So, what are we going to get up to on Day 1? I’m actually not trying out any new activities for the first day. At the end of last year, I trialed some possible new first day of school activities with my senior statistics students.

After introducing myself to students and making a seating chart for contact tracing, we will do a simple getting to know you activity that only requires a die. I like to use a jumbo foam die to make it even more fun. Students take turns rolling the die. Whatever number they roll dictates how many facts about themselves they have to share with the class.

After this, we’ll work with our group members to complete an Ink Stain Matching Activity. Students have to pretend each of the items is covered completely in ink. Then, they must discover which handprint matches each item based on if the ink-covered item was used in a standard way. It’s a great conversation starter.

Our last activity for the day will be Let’s Make Squares. It’s a cooperative group learning activity that challenges students to arrange 12 popsicle sticks (or strips of card stock) into different designs with varying numbers of squares. It’s a fun puzzle that combines group work and a bit of math.

## 6 Comments

1. Shelly says:

Thank you for always coming through with the exact right activities at the exact right time!!

2. Grace says:

LOVE these!

1. Thanks Grace! The first week of school is definitely one of my favorite times of the year to plan for!

3. Lynn says:

Sarah,
I just discovered your blog and I love it. I have two questions:
1. Do you have directions for creating your ‘foldables’? I just printed a few but not sure how to fold them.
2. It looks as if you have your students glue resources into a notebook. (Foldables, etc) You teach high school; do you have your high schoolers do this?

1. 1. Which foldables are you looking for directions for? I do not currently have a page dedicated to how to fold the foldables, but I will add it to my blog ideas list.

2. Yes, I had my high school students glue the foldables in when I was doing interactive notebooks. Other teachers prefer to use tape or staples. Just pick a method that you think your students can handle.

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