I honestly was a little nervous. It really surprised me. I mean, come on, this is my seventh year teaching. But as soon I had my new friends in the room all the butterflies left. I am a teacher through and through.
Back to the point of this post...we needed a 30-45 minute activity to do with the kids. My team and I choose the same thing as last year...a getting to know you necklace. . There are several questions the students must answer to determine which beads to get. For example, my favorite one,
Take one star bead if you think you will like second grade a little.
Take two star beads if you think you will like second grade a lot.
This idea did not originate with us! Google it, you'll find several examples.
I created some safari themed direction cards to set out with my beads. There are two on a page and made to be folded and stood on the table in front of the correct container of beads. Hope someone else can use it also. (Click the link, not the picture.)