Many of us, well at least for me teaching Junior High struggle with what to do the first few days. Students are switching in and out of classes, orientation is occurring, different bell schedules for the first few days,so on and so forth. I wasn't planning to use this project this year because I wanted to take Janine Campbell's idea of 'Clay on the First Day' but considering my classroom is under serious construction I would bring this oldie but goody back. I found this lesson on pinterest, but I believe this is the source here.
Below is the worksheet I use to get them to start brainstorming. When they are all done we display them in the office almost like a quilt. They come out really nice and it is nice to get to know the students, their interests, and a little bit about their skill level.
And lastly, a little room update:
Looks scary, I know. I did bake some cookies and brownies for the contractor and he assures me at least one of my classroom will be ready by July 31st. We report back July 31st. I will be a crazy person but so happy they are working hard. Photos courtesy of my principal. There are actually several more ha ha.