1st Day Student Survey with Google Forms

On the first day of school, my students complete a detailed student survey. It is designed to collect basic information and help me get to know my new students. The more I know about them, the easier it is for me to design and facilitate learning opportunities that will appeal to them.

I also hope that taking the time to ask them questions, instead of simply inundating them with information, will communicate my genuine interest in them as individuals.

Click here to make a copy of my 1st day student survey to adapt and use with your students.

Instead of sending this survey home, I build it into a station rotation lesson on the first day of school. Students complete this survey and join our Remind text message group in one of our online stations.

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31 Responses to 1st Day Student Survey with Google Forms

  1. Katherine says:

    This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Do you have the kids fill out the VARK? It online. How do you make a Google doc to have the option to have it made into a copy?

    • Joan Englade says:

      If you hover over the link for the student survey, you will notice at the end of the link it says /copy. On a normal google doc that you are editing, the link will say /edit. If you want to send a google doc link in which you want the user to have to make a copy, you replace /edit with /copy, and then copy the link. Hope this helps.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I love this survey. I added questions about music, since I love to play tunes while students write and read. Other than the Selfie Icebreaker, could you share what other stations you use day 1?

  3. Kim says:

    Can you share what your other 1st day of school stations are? I want to try and implement more stations this year and figure this would be a good way to introduce it. Thanks

  4. Ari says:

    I would love to learn more about the scavenger hunt you create with this information!!

    • Hi Ari,

      I do one of two things. Either I create a scavenger hunt using a random detail from each person’s survey OR I create a generic scavenger hunt to get kids out of their seats and talking. For example, “Find someone who…went camping this summer or has more than three siblings.” They are only allowed to talk to one person at a time and they must begin with an introduction.


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  6. Jaclyn says:

    What else do you have students do in the station rotations?

    • Jaclyn,

      I get my kids for two years, so it changes every other year.

      Survey and join Remind
      Random Autobiography (poem format of information)
      Favorite book pitch (FlipGrid) then gather three suggestions to help select an SSR book
      Class scavenger hunt
      Socrative “guess that movie line”
      STEM challenge/team building exercise
      Escape the room


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  8. Emily Stralser says:

    Is there somewhere on your blog about the scavenger hunt and how you use that question from the Google Form for it? Thanks for the great form! đŸ™‚

  9. Kari says:

    Catlin – Thank you for being willing to contribute to the OER world. I saw that you shared your class scavenger hunt, I’m wondering if you share other resources, such as random autobiography, STEM challenge/team building exercise, and escape the room for your stations.

    • Hi Kari,

      Here is the link to the explanation of the random autobiography. I always write one and put it on the backside, so it serves as a model and an introduction.

      I have not formally written about or shared my teaching team’s STEM challenges or escape the room activities. Most of those were ideas we found online and adapted for our specific purposes.


  10. Alicia Thompson says:

    Hi Ms. Tucker,

    Many thanks for allowing access to your student survey. I have looked at hard copies and wanted to implement technology which is a weak area for our school system, considering we are 1:1 with chrome books. I am looking forward to students using it our first day of school tomorrow. We will use it well here in Alabama.

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  12. Madeline Silverman says:

    Just found out (two days before school begins) that I was assigned a new course. Thank you for posting this as it made it so much easier for my first day with the students.

  13. Proud Mom says:

    Thank you for the great form! Have a great school year!

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  16. Valerie Salinas says:

    OMG!!! I’m so glad I came across this!! thank you so much for sharing! Have a great year to all educators!

  17. Katherine Gibbs says:

    Thank you so much for this and every one of your posts. As a seasoned teacher about to retire, you have taught me much, inspired my growth, and helped me creatively navigate the use of technology. Next year, my school, will continue to be in virtual (Zoom) and I am wondering how to transform Station Rotations to the virtual platform. I appreciate any ideas you may have.

    • Hi Katherine,

      I’m thrilled you’ve found my posts useful! I should write a blog about how to take the station rotation lesson design to create a hyperdoc or mini-playlist. I’ll try to get that out this week for you!


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