The ONE Activity I Am Adding to my First Day Plans This Year


The first day of school is a whirlwind. We think about and have likely lost sleep over planning the details of what we will say and do. There are so many wonderful first day of school activities. But, this year, I am planning to do something that I usually wait a few days in to introduce.



Why? What you do on the first day will truly set the tone for the year. I want my students to know that reading is one of our top priorities in our classroom. I want them to know that no matter what we have planned in our day, we will make time for reading. Even if we only make it 2 minutes, we will spend time on the first day relaxing with a good book.


I know teaching procedures for your classroom library, reading centers and how to choose a good fit book are all necessary. You might hesitate to just start independent reading without setting down the foundation of expectations. But, I encourage you to find a way to start your class reading independently as soon as possible. I will still teach all of my procedures and routines for those things. Having them read from day 1 is not going to compromise that.

I believe the best thing we can do for our students academically is help them be better readers.

And I also believe that in order to accomplish this goal, we need to communicate that importance by sitting down with a book every. single. day. This is crucial since some students may have gone all summer without touching a book (so sad but true!).

Will you join me in making independent reading a first day priority?

Happy Teaching!


4 comments

Unknown said...

Love this idea an totally stealing it!!

LillyM said...

I'm on board! I also believe independent reading is highly important. I’ve never started on the first day of school. Love it!!

Joakima M. said...

Wow!! You just changed the game! My team wanted to start a novel study week 1 or 2 anyways so this is a great way to set the tone! Stealing AND sharing with my team.

Elizabeth Mizzi said...

it seems a great idea! How do you go about pkease? As I am a new teacher and wish to try your idea out :)
my email is zebbeth42@gmail.com
thnks Liz:)