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9 Great Back-to-School Activities

Though some students have been back to school for as long as a month now, this week and next mark the true end of summer and last wave of back-to-school days for many students across the US. With teachers trying to get their classrooms in order and learn about their students, and students trying to keep their schedules, classes, and first homework of the year straight, there’s a lot of “figuring stuff out” happening.

See Also:  55 Google Tips For Heading Back to School

To help keep things running smoothly, we’re sharing one of our most popular graphics: a few great back-to-school activities to help you get to know your students. Through these fun, easy activities, you’ll get to know your students and they’ll learn about one another, too.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 back-to-school activities to get to know your students

  • 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!

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Education

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

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

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