Friday, July 1, 2011

Find A Friend

Students circulate through the classroom and meet new friends!

Here's a great team building activity I like to have on hand for the first week of school!  Use "Find a Friend" for a quick structure to allow for student interaction, to model classroom expectations for movement in the room, and to review and practice classroom manners.  

With the recording sheet in hand, students circulate through the room to pair up with a new friend.  Students greet each other and take turns to ask a question related to the grid.  For example, student A will say say to student B, "Do you like to read?"  Student B will reply, "Yes, I do like to read."  Student B will then sign his name in the corresponding box on Student A's paper.  (If the student replies with a "no", I encourage my first graders to try again and to ask about something else on the paper.  After all, we have different likes and dislikes.)  Before rotating, students thank each other.  Students mix and pair again with a new partner to complete the grid as time allows.  I do remind the children that they may only sign someone's paper one time.

These activities promote positive interaction, movement, and community.  It also allows for me to model (...again) how to stand up and carry the paper/pencil, how to find a partner quietly (by making eye contact), how to say "please" and "thank you", and how to speak using an inside voice.  

Click here to download this "Find a Friend" activity.

Here's One for Color Words.
 Click on the image below to download this "Find a Friend" activity.
(Some children may need to have support with recognizing and reading the words.)

Like Those?  Here's one for number words, too!
Click on the image below to download this "Find a Friend" activity.

Happy Holiday Weekend!


  1. Love these! Thanks for sharing your hard work!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  2. Oh, I like these! You have sparked my creativity! THANK YOU!!
    Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

  3. This will be great for back to school! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Great idea! Thanks for sharing! I love these!

  5. This is awesome! I will definitely be using this in August!
    A Place Called Kindergarten

  6. Thanks! This will be a great activity for my kids that are looping up with me!

  7. I love these! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for sharing! They are super.


  9. Thanks for the great ideas. I am new to professional blogging and I am completely addicted because of blogs like yours:)

  10. These are great. I love them because they don't involve a lot of reading, seeing as it's our job to get those kiddos reading machines. This is perfect for the first week, plus it lets me see where some of my kiddos are with sight words/color words.
    Thanks - Lauren
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  11. Very nice thanks for sharing. My students will enjoy this in our first days.

  12. Great activities! I'm now a follower!

  13. super cute, thanks for sharing!!

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  14. Thanks again! These are really great. I'll be using them for sure. :)

  15. This is awesome!!
    Wow..!! This is an adorable post as the information shared in this post is very helpful. I am thankful to get this post when i was searching meet new friend

  16. I was going to make this for the first week of school. Thanks for sharing so I don't have to!

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