First Day Activities for the Elementary Art Room

Instructional Strategies



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Introduction 0:43

Setting Up the Physical Space

Bulletin Boards and Displays 5:11

Introducing Expectations

Expectations for Parents 3:39

Expectations for Administrators and Colleagues 3:11

Maintaining Continuity Between Classes

Recording Vital Information 3:15

The Classroom Tour 4:06

Preparing Supplies for the First Day

Where and How to Find Supplies 4:15

Managing Donations and Staying Organized 2:39

Behaviors and Expectations

Why You Need a Seating Chart on the First Day 3:41

Introducing Procedures 2:48

Expectations, Rewards, and Consequences 7:12

Making Art on Day One

Reasons for Making Art on Day One 2:28

Successful First Day Projects 3:10


Conclusion 0:34

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First Day Activities for the Elementary Art Room

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to support choice and differentiation for early finishers.

  • 2 Explore methods for staying organized with early finisher routines.

  • 3 Discover how to promote student engagement through creation, technology, and stations.

Get your school year off to the right start with this Learning Pack. Gain specific ideas to excite students on day one through choice, simple routines, and organized stations. Learn why it’s important to have a successful start and how simple changes make big impacts.  It’s everything you need to have one of the best first days of school ever!

Lindsey Moss

Lindsey Moss

AOE Writer and Elementary Art Teacher

Lindsey Moss is an elementary art teacher in Yorkville, Illinois. She enjoys art history and finding creative and artistic solutions to educational challenges.


  • Raquel Mullins


    I am having trouble downloading most of the resources with this module. I redeemed my free trial with this unit and would love to access the resources. The only document that pulled up when I clicked download was the art set up checklist and the routines checklist.


    • Abby Schukei

      Did you try using the “Download All” button? I was able to successfully download all resources using Google Chrome. Maybe try switching internet browsers to see if that makes a difference.

    • Tomiko Wilkerson

      Some downloads are not in the download all file, unless I missed them. I had to click on them individually, and they did not always work the first time?

      • Tracy Hare

        Hi Tomiko-
        Please try another browser to fix the issue with the downloads. Thanks!