Back to School

Back to School

Get the year started by introducing students to each other.

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General

The first few weeks of school are important as they provide a chance to set the tone for the rest of the school year. The whole class benefits from a strong start of the year, the whole year long. In addition to tasks/games designed to help students get to know more about each other, this lesson encourages students to think about what they want and need in the classroom to create a positive learning environment. You can create a document with classroom rules and expectations, and discuss which things they want to learn during the coming year. As sitting and listening are difficult at the start of the year, take a break with one of the icebreakers and get some of the wiggles out.

Instruction

On the first page, you will find links to various activities as well as ice breaker activities. Several of these activities include printable worksheets that you can download and distribute to your students. Students will be able to share information about themselves, like their birthdays, their favorite book, and their favorite type of music. They will also share what they did during their time off and brainstorm some ideas for what they want to learn or improve in the new school year. Work together to come up with rules and expectations.

For ice breakers, students will have the opportunity to get up and move around. There is also a board game and a printable coloring page.

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With a focus on elementary education, Gynzy’s Whiteboard, digital tools, and activities make it easy for teachers to save time building lessons, increase student engagement, and make classroom management more efficient.

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