Nowadays, our classrooms are filled with lots of diversity, which sometimes makes starting a new school year a bit scary.
I truly believe that making the time to do some “get to know you” activities the first few days of school, is so very important in building community, camaraderie and a team spirit.
Once those things are established, children build friendships.
That bond helps them enjoy school more, learn better and feel safer.
Discipline problems are lessened as well because of mutual feelings of genuine caring and respect.
With that in mind, I designed this super-fun icebreaker craftivity, I call it, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, which not only helps everyone get to know each other, but also practices writing skills in a fun way.
I find that students truly enjoy sharing things about themselves.
A bonus is that completed projects also make an awesome back to school bulletin board as well.
I’ve included a variety of posters, plus a selection of thought-provoking photographs for your display, as well as an attention grabbing way to introduce the lesson, or jump start a discussion of why it’s important not to prejudge others.
So that this idea works for a variety of grades, ages and skill levels, I’ve included patterns for lower elementary kiddos, as well as patterns for older students.
Check the PREVIEW for lots of samples.
There are also 2 options for “teacher toppers” so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share. Students love learning things about their new teachers.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping you & your new crew have an absolute blast with this activity.
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