First Day of School
First Day of School

First Day of School

A collection of back-to-school ideas

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This is a collection of teaching ideas that you can use on your interactive whiteboard on the first day of school. You can edit and customize it to fit your needs.

Learning objective

Students will be able to participate in collaborative conversations to get to know their teacher and their classmates and understand classroom expectations for the school year.


The lesson begins with a Table of Contents that links to different activities. Begin with “Meet the Teacher” and fill in each box with facts or images about yourself so that your students can get to know you. Use our shape tool to cover each box and reveal them one at a time. Next, have students drag the poor choices (like hitting and bullying) into the trash can.


With your students, create a list of positive affirmations beginning with “In our class…” Then spin the wheel and have students follow the prompts to share something about themselves. Next, students will drag the emoji faces to the boxes to respond to the “Would you rather…” prompts. Feel free to create your own! Students then play a fun board game by spinning the wheel and moving the game pieces. They will share different facts about themselves as they progress through the board.


To conclude, the lesson includes two fun “Back to School” songs and two inspirational videos to kick off a fun and successful school year!

Instruction materials

A printable version of the board game is included.

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