First Day of School Activities for the 3rd Grade

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Third-graders like to start establishing their independence, so having them create their own unique name tags on the first day of school is a great way to encourage them. Start the year off right with advice from an elementary school teacher in this free video on classroom techniques.

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Hi, I'm Katy Hill. I'm a fourth grade middle school teacher, and these are some first day of school activities for third grade. For third grade, they're getting to that age where they're still pretty young but they're also trying to start gaining their independence. So, if I'm teaching a third grade classroom, I want them to at least have at least a very small bit of space that they can call their own and for that that may just be their desk. So, on the first day of school, I like to have them make their own name tag, and so their desks may all look the same, their chairs may all be the same, but at least something that they've put on their desk can be theirs and boys and girls will like to do this, will both like to do this so you can set out whatever art supplies that you would like for them to have even if it's the same foundation, the same strip of paper. Then they can choose their color, they can choose if they would like to glue some cute little objects on there, how they want to write their name and then when those are on there then that helps you, first of all, to be able to learn their names in the first days of school, but also it allows them just to feel like they have a little bit of personal space and a place to call their own.

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