- How do you feel about the start of the new school year? Are you excited? Nervous? Happy? Sad? Do you have mixed feelings? Write a journal entry about your feelings.
- If you could make the school rules for this school year, what would they be? Write a list of five or more rules you would make.
- Place your hand on a sheet of heavy paper of
cardstock. Trace around it. Write your name on the palm. Write one adjective
that describes you or one sentence that tells about you on each of the five
- Pretend you are packing your lunch. You may pack
anything you want. What would you pack? Why?
- If you walked into class one day and turned into the
teacher, what would you do? What changes would you make? Write a poem or
story beginning with the words "If I were the teacher ..."
- Write an acrostic poem about yourself, using your name. A printable guide is available here.
- What is your favorite part of the school
day? Why? Write and draw a picture.
- Complete this form with a series of clues to
help one of your new classmates figure out who you are, then give it to the
teacher. (Once all forms have been collected, the teacher may shuffle them,
redistribute them, and let students race to find their mystery classmates.)
- What do you want to learn this year? What special things would you like to do? What do you hope to accomplish. Think, then write a list of goals. A printable guide is available here.
- Talk with a partner. Make a list of ways you are alike and a list of ways in which you are different. Use your list to complete a Venn Diagram.
- Imagine that you are a student 100 years in the
future. What do you think school be like? What would you
study? Where would you study? Write a story about it.
- What was your favorite part of summer
vacation? Draw and write about it. Post your memory on a special memory
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