The first day of school can cause anxiety for many children. They often worry if they will know anyone or make friends. Ice breakers are quick, fun activities that help put students at ease and often help them realize commonalities among their classmates.
Replacing morning work with "Morning Tubs." Encouraging a hands-on, social, play-based start to the day. I LOVE this idea if you teach in a special education classroom. The tubs are organized, structured, and all contained so there is more independence and success. Great if you teach students with autism and special learning needs. Read more at: http://thebrownbagteacher.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-1st-grade-morning-work-alternative.html
Give students the dirt on soil with a practical book that brings new meaning to the term "hands-on." Using these 12 activities and two original stories as guides, kids will soon be up to their elbows in the study of soil formation, habitats and land use, animals that depend on soil, plants that grow in soil, soil science, and soil conservation.