8 Back-to-school classroom activities that will get students laughing and learning

Back to school

Yesterday, we looked at some of the things that are weighing down teachers’ to-do lists during this back to school season. Some of the items that showed up on the list? Classroom set-up. Establishing activities for the first few days of school. Setting expectations for your classroom. Lesson planning. Community building. Figuring out how to best communicate with your students’ parents

For me, sometimes a long t0-do list leaves me with a ton of ideas for one thing, and basically zero ideas for another. In an effort to keep everyone flush with ideas in all categories, today we’re addressing some community building, get to know you activities for the first week of school. There are obviously many more options out there, but these are a few tried and true favorite options. What do you do in your classroom to help your students get to know one another (and you!) and to foster a community environment? Share your favorites with the Daily Genius community by leaving a comment or by mentioning @DailyGenius on Twitter – we’ll retweet it and share your ideas!

Great get-to-know-you activities for the first week of school

  • The silent line- a silent challenge to promote group dynamics
  • Ready, set, group- a grouping and re-grouping activity to help students find common ground
  • Toss the name ball - an active variation on the name game that helps with memory
  • Cross if you… – a simple activity for any age that helps groups make connections among individuals
  • Snowball fight - a fun game that helps students express their hopes, fears, goals, etc
  • Truth vs. lie -a 3 sentence way to have your group get to know a bit about one another
  • Foodie friends - a fun, easy variation of a basic name game to get everyone’s name out there to remember!
  • A poem about me – a 5-7 line poem with each line’s subject delineated by the teacher. Instructions/subjects can vary by class and age group – unlimited possibilities!

Getting to know you

Explorer, eternal learner, animal lover. Perpetually drawn to the ocean. Adventure ready. Suffers from wanderlust. Likes chasing things down the sink with the little sprayer thingy.
1 Comment
  1. Reply nordin September 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Today I will meet with my new classes. Great tips but,unfortunately, they don’t work here in the Gulf.

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