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Is this appropriate for a 2nd grader to do independently on the first day?
Old 08-03-2019, 07:08 PM
 
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I'm thinking about how easy this would've been in third grade and how impossible it would've been for my kindergarteners going into first.


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At my school you'd have to read the questions to a lot of the students on the first day of 2nd. I'm in a lower SES school with a lot of struggling readers.
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Doesn't look appropriate for first day of second grade to me. They are still really like first graders, and although some could complete this, it would be frustrating and anxiety-producing for many. Perhaps the questions could be presented differently - like on posters and they respond on colorful or different shapes of paper? Maybe interview style in some way? Something different than filling out a written questionnaire/worksheet. Good luck with your first day!
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You might need to rephrase the wording a bit for the incoming second graders or read it orally.
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Old 08-03-2019, 07:25 PM
 
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I would have to read it for almost all my students!
I use to use that when I taught third grade!


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The questions are ok if you read aloud. I would give the options of drawing pictures and/or writing a response, but the questionnaire would have to be reformatted to provide space for that. I wouldn't expect a written response to be in a complete sentence, in any case....Maybe we would have a discussion first and brainstorm some ideas, which I would record on the board for them to refer to.
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Old 08-03-2019, 07:33 PM
 
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Nope.
Do you have an open house? You could have them do this with a parent at OH or for homework. Writing is a struggle day 1 of 2nd.
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You would need to read it to them. They wouldn’t know
what spare time meant.


Think of beginning second graders as first graders because that first week of school that’s really where they are still at. (And I have to remind myself of that during those first days).

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Old 08-04-2019, 05:55 AM
 
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What everyone else has said....you’ll have to read it to most of them.

I used to do “summer shorts”.... they got 2 small sheets of paper...4”x4”, I think.....I don’t remember. Then they could write or draw (or both) about their summer.

These became the pockets for a pair of construction paper shorts they could cut out. I don’t have a link because someone else gave me this idea years ago.

It was a fun project that could be put on a bulletin board right away.
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You could make that survey into a four corners activity. The students could move to a specified corner of the room to answer questions about themselves. Having four choices to look at in order to tell a bit about themselves would give you good sense of what the kids' preferences are and their current mood.


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Ditto on what everyone else said. Also some kids will have a hard time fitting their big writing onto those smaller lines.
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I think you could change the format,
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change the format?

Make a little booklet, with boxes, two boxes to the page and have a question in each box. Leave appropriate size lines for them to write their answer and a place they can draw a matching picture if they wish.


Make two boxes on each of 3 pages of copy paper and add wide spaced lines in each box for students to write and if they wish draw their answers. Make the 3 pages into a booklet.

Some of the questions could be rephrased:

What do you like most about school?
What is your least favorite thing about school?
What do you like to do in your free time?
What are your two favorite books?
Name two things you want to learn more about.
What place would you like to visit?

In my school I would not ask about the places they visited because of the fact some students visit places I could never afford to see and other kids never get to leave town. No point bringing that to everyone's attention.
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:35 PM
 
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Try one of those "All About Me" posters instead. You can have them each present to the class. They are quite a bit easier and they love to color them. My kids always took a long time to complete them, which was great because it gave me time to do the million and one other things that have to be taken care of those first couple days. They are great to hang up too, so you instantly have something for open house/curriculum night.
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