Monday, August 13, 2012

Get-To-Know-You Activities & Beautiful New Teacher Binder!

Like just about every teacher, I devote lots of time during the first few days helping our class get to know each other and memorize everyone's name  After they complete their Student Survey, I always start with a Get-To-Know-You Bingo....
and then have students interview each other and introduce their partner to the class. Sometimes we play 2 Truths and 1 Lie. (That's a fun activity where a student shares two truthful item about themselves and one lie - the rest of the class has to guess which is the lie.) Then, their first homework assignment is to create an Artifact Bag. This activity also works really well to introduce the concept of inferencing.

If you like it, you can grab it for free through my TN or TpT shops. It's in Power Point so you can edit it any way you want.

I also decided to splurge a little on some nice Lilly Bimble digital papers and design my own covers, section dividers, and spine labels for my Teaching Binder. If you like it, there are 11 pages left in Power Point format to allow you to customize each page to your needs - changing titles, colors, font - whatever you want! ($1.50)

Just click on one of the images to see it in my TN store. You can also get it at TpT if you prefer....

What are your favorite Get-To-Know-You activities?


  1. Very cute teacher binder! I ask my students to set goals for themselves for the school year...AR points, time for running the mile, honor roll, and so on. They deocrate a car pattern and post them on our "Racing Toward Our Goals" bulletin board. We review/modify our goals mid-year. I also like to do Peer Interviews. Good chance to practice presentation skills. Ok, have to run for my first day back! Meetings all morning, then time in classroom during the afternoon.

    1. Good luck on your first day back! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

  2. Were you reading my mind with the artifact activity?!? I was thinking about doing something like this and tying it into inferencing. Now, I don't have to create anything, because yours is already super cute! Holler! Thanks for the freebie. :)

    The Teaching Thief

  3. I really like the spin you do on the artifact bag. I've done an all about me bag before when I start school, but this is cool twist that I plan on using with my 4's and 5's this year. Thanks

    1. I always like those activities that give you more "bang for your buck". Thanks!


  4. I love the artifact bag!!! Just downloaded it! I teach 6th grade science and making observations and inferences is something I try to hit everyday with a Picture of the Day. Love starting the year off with this though! I am your newest follower too!

    You can check out my blog at

    Thanks so much for sharing your great work!



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