All tagged First Week of School

3 Ways to Get Started with STEM at the Beginning of the Year

The first lessons you teach set the tone for the rest of the year in the classroom!

During the first week of school, your schedule should include a mix of teaching procedures and expectations as well as building a strong classroom community.

Unfortunately, introducing procedures and practicing them again…and again…and again…and again…gets boring for both teachers and students.

Our Favorite Back to School Read Aloud STEM Challenges

The lessons you teach at the beginning of the year are crucial for laying the foundation and setting the tone for the rest of the school year.

STEM challenges are the best way to begin building classroom community and teamwork. They also create a classroom environment where mistakes and failures are valued and viewed as learning opportunities.

The best part is, students LOVE them!

Building Teamwork at the Beginning of the Year with STEM

Did you know that STEM activities are a great way to build classroom community and teamwork at the beginning of the year?

Unfortunately,  STEM challenges can tend to be used as a classroom competition where students and groups are competing against each other. While classroom competitions can be fun, the goal of STEM should be to encourage a growth mindset in students.

How do we accomplish this?

First Week of School Read Alouds

It's a fact..teachers love books! Discovering new read alouds is always an exciting adventure. The following are my favorite first week of school read alouds. Most of these titles have lesson ideas that go along with them. You can find the coordinating lesson plans and activities in our First Week of School Lesson Plans resource.  

For a break down of how these books can be used to jump start a successful first week of school be sure to download our FREE First Week of School Schedule!