What type of classroom lessons (examples) do you do on the first day of class, other than icebreakers, to get them excited for the class? We want to give a true view of the class without just going over the rules of the class.
I put a list of units in my syllabi to help the kids understand what we will be covering. On this sheet, I also put a disclaimer stating that we may not cover everything due to time and resources. I also make a statement that this a basic list of what we are covering and not everything.
I go over my rules, syllabus, and room procedures. Then I have some ice breakers - like using a ball with the questions all over it so that I can get to know them. I've also made a scavenger hunt of my classroom to use. Another back up I have is a game called "after somebody" it helps with following instructions. Each person gets a card that says After Somebody (example - hops on one foot 5 times) Then you Will: (example - recite the whole alphabet). They can't say what their card has on it only act it out so they have to be paying attention in order to do what's on their card. It circles back to the first person - kiddos really like it and want to play again usually! Another idea is to do a small activity related to that class - like for food science may be doing a the speed of light marshmallows.
On the first day of my Intro to Ag course I stay away from rules, syllibi, books, etc. I get out sheets to draw on, this year I tore up some rolls of wrapping paper, give them markers, and have them draw pictures that come to mind when they think agriculture. Then I have them stand up, introduce themselves, and tell the class what they drew. This leads directly into the discussion of what agriculture is. When they are getting bombarded with the formalities in other classes they seem to enjoy the idea of coloring and it gives me a chance to work the room and get to know them and gauge some of their interests.
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