The first activity I'm going to share is a new one. We did something similar at our back to school staff meeting last year, but I didn't do it with my class. This year, I'm tweaking it a bit, and playing a game with it: Find Someone Who...BINGO.
Students will get five minutes to fill out the 16 spaces on their BINGO card with the choices provided on the page. There are more than 16 choices, some more plausible than others, so it could involve some strategy and quick thinking. Then, they will all stand up and mingle [may even take them outside], and the first person to fill out all 16 square with their classmates' names [BINGO Blackout], will win a prize. I'll probably do a round two. I may also then have students raise their hands for certain choices like, "Who is someone who slept past 2pm one day this summer?" Could be fun!
Here is the FREE Bingo Card, downloadable at my TPT Store.
The next activity I have done before, but the kids liked it so I'm going to do it again this year: Name Acronyms. It's fun because the students get to be creative with their name, but then we also use that to help us memorize their names. We take the first letter of their name, and whatever they used as the first word, and that becomes their name! So I'm "Ms. Wolters"...and let's say I wrote Magical for the 'M' in Ms. Wolters...my name in the class would be Magical Ms. Wolters. The kids laughed and LOVED it. Seriously. And we all knew each others' names within a few days. Really helps build community in the classroom.
There's no template for this because the kids just write their first name down the left-hand side of the page, and then create words for their letters. I bust out the crayons and colored pencils and markers....like it's Kindergarten again :)
Here's the one I made last year as an example to show the students:
Hope these are some fun ideas for you!!! What do you guys do on the first day? Since it's still summer I might like one of your ideas better and change my mind!!! :) Please share!