Lesson Plan Time: 45 minutes

Lesson Plan
Time: 45 minutes
Grade Level: Can be modified to fit any age group
Topic: Getting to Know You
I. Objectives:
Students will share at least one piece of information about themselves with the
rest of the class.
Students will learn about other students in the classroom- interests, hobbies,
dislikes, background information, etc.
II. Standards:
 ELA #1: Language for Information and Understanding- Students will listen,
speak, read, and write for information and understanding. As listeners and reader, students will collect
data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated
from oral, written, and electronically produced texts. As speakers and writers, they will use oral and
written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language to acquire, interpret,
apply, and transmit information.
III. Preparation
A. Purpose
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students and staff in the classroom
to each other. Since it will be the first day of school- there will be new
students and a new student teacher (myself). It is important to share
information about ourselves that can be helpful in forming friendships and
bonds in the classroom. By playing this ‘ball game’ students will be able to
answers/listen to questions about an individual’s personality, likes/dislikes,
hobbies, home life, etc. Hopefully as a result of this game, students and
teachers will have learned information about each student and teacher and all
feel more comfortable with each other.
C. Teacher Resources
New York State Standards
D. Materials Needed
Beach ball or a bouncy ball that is big enough to be thrown around and that
can be written on
Questions to write on ball – ex) What is your favorite food?
How many siblings do you have?
E. Arrangement of Space and Students
Students and staff will be placed in a circle
IV. Procedures
A. Draw on students’ background
→ Explain:
that it is the first day of school- new students/staff as well as
returning students/staff
we all would should/like to get to know each other
purpose of getting to know each other
- to form friendships – discover similarities
- planning for class activities/games/etc.
→ Motivate the students:
Explain that there are fun ways to get to know each other and
learn things from and about the students and teachers
B. Body of the Lesson
Introduce ‘Getting to Know You Ball”
→ Explain Game:
All sit around in a circle
One person starts with the ball and throws it to another person
Person catches ball and that question that the right hand index
finger lands on- reads out loud and answers question
Class goes around until all questions have been answered/time
runs out/etc.
C. Closure
→ Bring game to an end
Go around the circle and have each person say one thing that
they have learned about another individual from that game
Repeat and talk about the purpose of getting to know you
V. Evaluation
- Student Learning: Did all students actively participate?
Did all students enjoy the lesson?
Did students seem to learn things about each other?
- Teaching Process: How can I change the lesson to make it better?