The beginning of a new school year is a time filled with both excitement and uncertainty. This year, although we’re in unusual circumstances, we can still provide students with a positive learning environment and engaging, standards-aligned lessons and activities to help prepare them for this year and beyond. 

Whether your classroom will be in-person, purely online or in a blended learning environment, here are some back to school activities that will help students be excited about being back at school. To use these activities for yourself, simply create a Gynzy account. If you’re a teacher looking to share an activity with your students, they can access lessons and activities you share without needing an account themselves. 

Virtual Activities that Make Good Class Warm-Ups

Our Back to School activity is specifically designed to help you ring in the new year. But there are many other educational games and activities in our Library that are fun and will get students excited about learning in the new school year. 

Our collection of energizers and Math and Movement activities are designed to get students’ blood pumping. Sometimes, getting up and moving around is a great way to prepare yourself to exercise your mind. Get the day started with some jumping jacks or dance moves!

Spot the Difference challenges students to study the visual prompts to try and find all 5 differences. Find the Hidden Object is another similar game which students can participate in just by studying their screen, whether your lessons are happening in real time or being recorded as videos. 

Our Photo of the Day activity is a fun way to see amazing pictures while learning about different locations from around the world. With 50 mesmerizing photos to choose from and additional details available about each location, Photo of the Day is a great addition to any lesson plan. 

If you want to start this new year off by having students brush up on their letters, our Letter Songs are a fun option for young students. These can also be paired with our letter lessons to further help young students learn new letters and begin to decode unfamiliar words as they read.

One of our favorite activities for any occasion are our SEL activities. Social emotional learning helps create a healthy environment where students can acknowledge their thoughts and feelings to promote their own mental well-being. It’s very difficult to learn or retain new information when stressed or anxious, and SEL helps us confront these unpleasant emotions so that we can work past them constructively. 

Enhance Your Digital Curriculum with Gynzy

Although this school year looks different than normal, we can still work together to create a positive learning environment and deliver engaging, interactive, and standards-aligned lessons. Educators need to have access to engaging and relevant lesson plans that students can use from anywhere to meet these new educational challenges.

Luckily, the Gynzy Library is loaded with thousands of standards-aligned online lesson plans that teachers can easily customize and share with students. And Gynzy makes it easier than ever for you to create lessons for an interactive whiteboard. With Gynzy, the only limit is your imagination!