At the start of the school year have your students fill out a survey so you can get to know them better. Prepare a about yourself first as a model for them. Here are some possible questions:

What do you like to do after school?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite subject?
What is your favorite book?
What two books would you like the library to purchase?

Your students will enjoy hearing about your likes and dislikes!

Fun Activities Get the School Year Off To a Good Start
Every teacher has a different approach to the first few days of school. Whatever your approach, Education World has an activity for you! Included: Thirteen activities to help teachers get to know student strengths, set the classroom tone, observe student interaction, or just provide a little fun.

First Day of School Activities Students Love
The first day of school will be here before you know it. Here are a few things to try to get the school year off to a great start!

Fabulous First-Day Ideas
Here you will find a list of first-day-of-school activities that were created by primary and intermediate level teachers.

First day of school activities by researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier
As teachers, we know the first few days of school are all about getting to know your kids and settling into a routine. It's too early to do any assessments (except informal observation sorts of things), but it's a great time to engage kids in some fun activities that get them talking, reading, and writing. Here are some ideas I've seen recently that caught my attention.

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