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What do you give your students the first day?
Old 08-12-2018, 11:44 AM
 
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I often leave a small gift at each student's desk, but I'm having trouble figuring out what to give them this year. I used to give grade level pencils, but we're doing community supplies this year, so that wouldn't really work. I also make bookmarks for them, but I'd rather pass that out in a week or so when there is less going on. Any suggestions? This is for intermediate.


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this is what i give mine (it's a little much, but one of those things i have done forever and would have a hard time stopping...)
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I gave mine a bag of M&M's and we used them for a get acquainted activity.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:27 PM
 
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There are a lot of ideas on pinterest for a snack/item & cute saying to go with it.

goldfish or gummy fish~ You're of-fish-ally a (insert grade level here).
teddy grahams or gummy bears ~ I'm 'bear-y' happy you are in my class.
bubbles ~ I'm bubbling with excitement to meet you.
flavor ice ~ Let's have a cool year together!
ruler ~(grade or room number) rules! So happy you are in my class!

Stuff like that.

I couldn't open Tia's link when I first responded (different computer), but we do something similar at our grade level. Ours just has the sticker, the star, eraser, ball (we'll have a ball this year) & smartie.

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Cute!
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this is what i give mine (it's a little much, but one of those things i have done forever and would have a hard time stopping...)
Tia, that's cute! Thanks for sharing!!!! A few questions though. First, what's a Werther? Second, when it says a smiley face, do you give a smiley face eraser? Pencil? Sticker? What? Same with the star...is it a sticker, a cut out, an eraser, etc.? Thanks!


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Old 08-12-2018, 03:30 PM
 
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Wertherís are type of candy.

https://www.werthers-original.com
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tia- absolutely adorable!
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It's so sad that some of your clever items can't be used at our school.

We can't give candy, and Snickers are a total no-no due to peanut allergies.
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:12 PM
 
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I give them a grade level pencil, a cool eraser and a small baggy of non-hardening clay.
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What I do
Old 08-12-2018, 05:13 PM
 
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I always have a "Welcome Back Sack" on their desk. In each paper bag I put:

a grade level pencil with a new eraser
a bookmark that says "Welcome"
a bottle of water
a snack that all kids can eat (I make sure I have no allergies before I go buy something)
a few mints
a small package of fruit gummies of some sort

I have a little poem write up that says:
Just a note to let you know,
Iím glad to have you here,
So here are some things to help us start,
A brand new, fun school year!

I DID NOT make that poem up myself! I got it from a website a long time ago called www.ILoveThatTeachingIdea.com. I just adapted it because it used comic sans, and I DETEST comic sans!! (I know...so stupid!)

Anyway, I hope this helps!
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:41 PM
 
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I teach HS and can have in the neighborhood of 150 students, so I don't give them anything on the first day, gift-wise.

Sometimes during the year, on a day like Valentine's or what not, I may bring in a huge bag of candy and each student can choose one piece just for something silly or fun while we work.


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A Smartie
Old 08-12-2018, 08:32 PM
 
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We did a smartie taped to a small piece of paper that read "I'm so excited to have such a Smartie in my class this year". It's the first year I've given anything out, and was a big hit!
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This year I found school bus Little Debbie brownies and taped on "Thanks for stopping by!" for our Meet the Teacher night.

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