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Variable pictures. Students choose the first letter of either their first or last name. (They have more options if they have multiple last names.) This letter is their variable. To me (and sometimes to each other) they’re an unknown quantity. Once they have their letter, they draw it in the center of a piece of paper. Then they have to define their variable with four words. The words must start with their letter and each word must somehow describe them. Each word must also have an illustration to go with it. You can do a lot with stick figures. I make markers and colored pencils available. I have places in the room where I hang up all the pictures. Full names are on the back. The students have fun looking for their picture in the sea of letters and trying to guess who belongs to which variable. Plus it gives them some ownership in the room.

I never teach policies & procedures day 1 because I figure everyone else is. I love to assign the kids their seats & have them work out a problem in groups (think like a math puzzle) as I walk around and listen/facilitate/answer questions. I’ve found that for me it sets the tone for the year!

I have them fill out a data survey which includes finding their height. I have 4 areas where measuring tape is at so they get to get up and ask people to help them. I have yet to end the year measuring themselves (thanks Covid). I added the height when I started to teach freshman. I wanted to show linear regression with growth data.

I do a team sudoku challenge. Each team has a chance to earn early bonus points and get to know each other better. Consolation prizes are candy bars, chips and sodas.

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