Top 10 Grade me tips

Create an inviting classroom.

Need ideas? We’ve gathered real-life first grade classrooms for you to browse!

Gather all the supplies.

Not sure what exactly you need for the first grade classroom? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with this list of essential first grade classroom supplies.

Welcome your students with a big, colorful bulletin board.

Source: Doodlebugs Teaching Seeing their names up on the wall will help students instantly feel at home, and the bright colors will create a festive mood in the classroom.

Get a jump start on lessons.

In first grade, teacher planning and prep time are precious! It makes life a lot easier when you can purchase existing lessons, bundles, books, and pages. And why not support other teachers while you do it! Check out our favorite Teacher Pay Teachers sellers for first grade.

Put together an irresistible classroom reading nook.

Your first graders are well on their way to becoming readers, so make this time extra special for them by setting up one of these awesome reading nooks.

Fill your classroom library with these classic first grade books.

Here are 50 of our favorites.

Set up sensory tables.

Early childhood teachers know that hands-on learning is essential. Sensory play encourages open-ended thinking, language development, collaboration, and builds fine motor skills. Sensory materials are magically both engaging and calming. Here are our favorites!

Introduce yourself creatively.

Source: Good Choices Good Life If you’re teaching 1st grade, you have the honor of being one of the first teachers a child will meet! Make day one memorable by introducing yourself in a creative way, such as sending postcards over the summer! For 10 creative ideas, click here- 10 Ways To Introduce Yourself.

Get to know each other with icebreakers.

Get the kids mixing and moving as they get to know one another. Click here- for lots of great ideas, including a free download of this fun icebreaker activity.

Start the day with Morning Meeting.

Morning Meeting is an engaging way to connect with your students at the beginning of each day. An objectives and agenda board, along with a morning message, will help your students start off on the right track. For more on morning meetings, check out Responsive Classroom.