The first assignment I have on student desks when they walk in the door is Time Capsule project. Students fill out the questionnaire and write a letter to themselves the first day of school. They receive it back the last day of school and compare answers.
I want a writing sample for the first week of school. I keep this all year to see growth. Click here for a writing prompt with printable stationery for students to write about one event from their summer.
My first math assignment is the Birthday Graph. Students survey their classmates to create a bar graph of birthdays by month.In order to start establishing classroom climate, I have small groups look up the definitions of rights, responsibilities and privileges. Then they list some examples. I use this as a starting point for classroom rules.
At the end of the first day, I send home a questionnaire to parents. I keep these forms at least until parent teacher conferences so I review any goals or comments parents had at the beginning of the year.
Here is a link to my version of "Ticket out the Door". I have students post a sticky note with their answer to a question on the space with their student number.
I have students create this name patterning project early in the year for a bulletin board.
After I have introduced the rules and routines, I use this organizer to quiz students on how the room works. I don't necessarily do this the first week of school, but I make sure I have introduced these procedure and that they know how to follow them.
I hope you have a great school year.