Jul 26, 2020 - 4 min read - 8,198 views

First Day of School 2020 - Blended Learning About Me and Ice Breaker Activities

Traditionally I would start my first day of class with my students by just saying my name and that I was excited to be their teacher and then immediately give them a fun STEM lab. I love my first day of school lab chaos because it builds a sense of community and collaboration with my students and also sets up my expectations from day 1. This activity also gets students excited to come back to class to see what's next! Unfortunately, with social distance guidelines and having to teach students both in physical and remote classrooms, all of my favorite first day of school lesson plans are no longer feasible. AHHH!!

So time to go back to the drawing board. Below are some of the ideas that I came up with that could be an option to help get my students to introduce themselves and still work collaboratively despite the restrictions. I am sure there are so many other brilliant ideas, but I hope this will help a little!

Here is a copy of all of the above activities in one document

Here is a list of other ideas that could be used on the first day of school

Again, these are just the ideas I could come up with and throw out there! I hope you can either use them or they inspired you to come up with an awesome new first day of school activity with your students! Please share this post with others and if you have a fun idea please share in the comments below or on my Facebook page @mrswatsoneducation! Remember we are all better if we help each other out! Happy planning and collaboration!!