I love the first day of school.  The fuzzy butterflies in my tummy, the brand new supplies, the sweet freshly scrubbed faces…even that early wake up call doesn’t seem so bad on the first day.  Maybe on the second day, but not on the first!

Here is a sneak peek at my lesson plans for the first day of school.  Since I am not in the classroom this year, these are from last school year.  It is funny how I tend to keep things very similar from year to year!
Here are my lessons:
7:15-8:00 Announcements on the television
Take attendance on paper.

up lunch count.

8:00-8:30 Morning Work- students will
complete the class names word search made on Puzzlemaker and
then read a book when finished.  Make
sure to put out a sharpened pencil on each desk and basket of books on each table group. 

When students arrive, they will put
all supplies in their brown paper grocery bags under their desks. I actually do NOT organize supplies on the first day usually (crazy, I know!).  I find that it takes FOREVER and I would rather use that time establishing procedures. Students keep supplies in bags like these I get free at Publixs ( I just make sure to tell them I am a teacher)
Put large supplies such as hand
sanitizer, soap, disinfectant wipes, baggies, copier paper in marked boxes in
the room


8:30-8:50 Create a looks like/ sounds like
chart for the hallway and bathroom.  Use
these to create and go over hallway procedures, bathroom procedures with the
Here is my chart from last year
Practice getting in number order by
calling students to line up.  Time and
see how quick and quiet we can do it.
MUST KNOW procedures taught:
Number order
Quiet mouse game

off light when exiting room

Wednesday is Procedures day of the linky if you want to see all the procedures I teach!
8:50-9:00 Review bathroom and hall procedures
just created. Take a bathroom break.

time to practice hall, bathroom and Quiet Mouse procedures

9:05-9:50 Pull kids to carpet.  Introduce myself and Tina. 

lesson procedures for good listening, when I am reading a book, when to ask
questions at a mini lesson and “knees please.”
Read aloud My Teacher’s Secret Life.  Share my Me Bag and Tina’s Me Bag. Me bags are a great, simple homework activity that I send home the second day of school.  Staple the letter to a paper lunch bag and have students fill with items about themselves   We share our Me Bags when we need a break that first week!
I love this book! It is too cute!
Procedures taught:
Knees please
Good listener

Teacher read aloud 

9:50-10:05 Create a looks like/ sounds like chart
for recess and lunchtime.  Review
cafeteria expectations and recess expectations. Make sure recess includes not
sitting on tether balls, not running on red, coming when I whistle.  One whistle blow means “stop/ danger.”  Three 
whistle blows means “line up.”

10:05-10:50 Use time to practice hall, bathroom
and Quiet Mouse procedures.

Go to:
Cafeteria and practice lunch room
procedures and where we sit- we are table 6B.
Go to recess. 
10:50-11:10 Go the carpet and read aloud the
book If Everybody Did.  
This is another book I love for the first day of school!
Write our Class Promise.   Review pencil sharpening / crayon/ marker/ colored pencil procedures/where to turn in work.   Pass out each child’s cut out and ask them to decorate it as themselves.  While students are working, call individuals over to sign the class promise.
Try to include these ideas:
·No put downs
·Personal best
·Active learner

Early finishers will write one sentence with the prompt “This year I will…” about how they will behave.
Go over  Behavior Chart and pulling sticks.

11:10-11:20 Review cafeteria and bathroom
procedures.  Go to lunch and take a
bathroom break.

11:22-11:52 Lunch

11:55-12: 30 Finish person cut out and turn in.  Review turn in procedures.

12:30-12:40 Bathroom

12:40-1:20 Specials PE

1:20- 1:50 Review Procedures for:

room in the morning/ turn in HW and meet me at table
to put lunch box
to do (sharpen pencils, put book bag)
agendas and sticker with HW
to hang up book bag
Practice writing in agenda and
introduce the homework notebook.  Eat
snack. Review procedures for:
how to ask and go
me 5
***If time go over ticket system
and decorate ticket folders.

up to go home!!!

1:50-2:10 Pack up to go home!!! Read aloud Flat Stanley.
I always love reading this book as my first read aloud since it is a simple chapter book for second graders and is a great lead in to my first Social Studies unit, map skills.

For a printable version of my lessons click on the picture below!

Make sure to check back tomorrow for information about the classroom!  Also , check out all the also links about other first day plans!!

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

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