The First Five Minutes

One of the biggest problems I have had as a teacher is transitioning from out of the classroom to inside the classroom. For example, recess to class, lunch to class, specials to class. I feel like the students lose their mind from outside to inside. In reality, it is my lack of classroom management.

I am very excited to introduce THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES. This classroom management tool will help transition your students into class after recess, lunch, specials or first thing in the morning.

The idea behind it came from my husband who has been teaching for 21 years. He is pretty much a genius at classroom management!

The students will come in and have a card on their table. Before they get supplies out or anything, they will read the card and answer the question. This will calm them down when they come in. After they finish the card, they can gather their materials and prepare for class.

Option One: Card on the table and students respond in a composition notebook (seen in the pictures.)

Option Two: The teacher will project the slide on the whiteboard and the students will write on their desk with dry erase markers.

I am always a fan pf paperless options. Sometimes we just don’t have the time to prep the cards and every student might not have a composition notebook. I wanted to make this user-friendly for the paperless lovers too!

But really, this question below makes me laugh. 🙂

There are 180 different questions. I chose a lot of random but wonderful questions! Some are riddles, some are brain teasers. Others are history questions, and personal questions.

In order to print cards, just adjust the printer settings to four slides per page. It prints perfectly.

To print the cover for the composition notebook, just adjust the printer settings to one slide per page (portrait.)

I hope you enjoy this activity as much as my students will! I know our students will be engaged from the word go! I also know it is minimal prep on the part of the teacher! (yahoo!)

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