First Week of School Activities

We had our first day of school with students Wednesday and I forgot how utterly exhausting and mind blowing that first day is! We did lots of rules, routines, and procedures but also made time for some fun first week things. 

Here is what we have been up to!

 You can purchase these Scholastic Order Form activities from Clutter Free Classroom HERE!

I also introduced the students to the Activ Expressions! They were literally asking me about them ALL week long and so Friday, we took a Multiple Intelligence Survey using the device! I adapted this activity from Laura Candler's printable survey which you can download free HERE! You can download the flipchart by clicking the image below.

Important Note: You must have Promethean Activ Inspire software installed on your computer to OPEN and use this file! Please do not download otherwise!

I also made some labels to go on my Activ Expression bins. You can download those by clicking the button below!
I have also decided to implement brain breaks into my classroom this year! We needed a little wake me up on Friday morning so we watched this HILARIOUS parody of I'm Sexy and I Know It, called I'm Elmo and I Know It! I am definitely adding this to my brain break file!

I plan on making some brain breaks sometime this week. Stay tuned to find out how I plan on incorporating this bad boy into my brain breaks!

I absolutely can't wait for it to get here!!


  1. Ginger your consensograms are just adorable and great and what a super cute name:) Love that idea:) Will be pinning it! Looks like you had a great start:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. I do something like brain breaks, but call them energizers. I LOVE that ball idea and using that when I do an energizer. I think I may have to get one! Also..I am going a get to know you graphing activity tomorrow and was going to have them work in pairs to survey people..but I think I like the around the room idea and then talking about it!

    Thanks Ginger as always for such great ideas!

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  3. I love that get to know you activity! It would work great with my secondgraders. And we could have some reading. :)

  4. Looks like you had a great start to the year. I love the consensograms. Great idea!

  5. Consenograms=A+ excitement!!! Thanks for sharing

  6. Love your consensograms! I did this last year and it was a great way to get to know students. Love how yours turned out. I may need to do for this year.

  7. How do you store your expressions?

  8. I love your blog. My son started gifted kindergarten a few weeks ago & it is sadly nothing like this! Multiple work sheets every day, tests 4 days a week. I think kindergarten should foster a love of learning & his kindergarten is fostering the opposite! I found your site when I was looking for ways to make practicing his sight words & spelling words more fun. Your blog is helping me make learning more fun for him! Thank you!

  9. I just discovered your blog. Thanks for sharing so many clever and cute ideas!

  10. I had to laugh when I saw you showed the Elmo video. One of my kiddos last year convinced me to show that video to the class. Too funny. My principal walked in when it was on and I was mortified, but luckily, he laughed, shook his head, and walked out. :) Becky

  11. Is there a way I can follow your blog by email???

  12. Hey Ginger,
    Being new to 4th grade this year, I was looking for illustrated word wall cards (since I left all my old stuff with 3rd grade), and I came across your site! Just purchased the set of 4th grade word wall cards, and I'm looking forward to using them this year!

  13. Great Ideas! I will be starting my first year in third grade and really excited to try out the toothpaste activity!

  14. how do they get the pictures to stay on notebooks? do they use elmers school glue? liquid glue?

  15. Dear Gingersnaps,

    I was interested in accessing your free MI activ inspire resource. The link doesn't work anymore. Is it still possible to get this resource?


  16. Hi GIngersnaps,

    I'm interested in accessing your MI resource - How many smarts are we? The link to this seems to be broken. Is it possible to still access this?


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