First Day Activities

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

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Explore options for implementing routines and procedures.

  • 2 Learn about the importance of the physical space within your classroom.

  • 3 Discover how to promote student engagement through art making on day one.

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.


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