Provide 6 creative fun back to school activities with our fast-prep printables pack. Combine them with lessons on rules, classroom community and shared readings of school themed books.
This packet includes flexible activities that can be used to supplement your standard first-week discussion and book style lessons to start establishing classroom community. They will suit a variety of grades with minor expectation-modifications.
1. Quick and Easy Name Card
Students make a trifold paper temporary name card to mark their desk. They LOVE doing this and it gives them time to sit in their new desk and have a little chat with friends as they get creative. They will also establish a sense of belonging and ownership instantly as they mark their desk. I have used this type of activity when I have not had a firm class list or grade specification and no ability to get permanent desk name cards ready for the first day.
2. Get to Know Me Bee
Do a mini-lesson on getting-to-know each other and students can introduce themselves and learn about their new classmates. Once completed the bees can be added to a bulletin board or strung along a banner for decoration.
3. Give Me 5 Focus Words
After a mini lesson on goals and focus, establish a 'Give Me 5' hand signal for your class that tells them you want them to be focused. Let them think of 5 individual goal words for themselves and display on a bulletin board full of class hands!
4. Design an Emoji
Do a mini-lesson on how pictures convey meaning and the increasing use of emojis in our digital world. Look at emojis and talk about their meaning. Discuss feelings and actions in the classroom. Students use the 2 planning pages to develop an emoji for themselves. Use the template pages to cut, paste and create a personal emoji. Students can present them to the class and talk about their chosen design elements.
5. Be a Bucket Filler Idea Pocket
Read a popular bucket-filling book and discuss the idea of being a bucket-filler. Students make a pocket pouch bucket and write some ideas on the word cards for how they can fill people's buckets this year. Display in the classroom.
6. Class Rules Garden
Discuss rules with your class and develop a set of shared rules that students have input into. Encourage students to draw 6 pictures that reflect their rule ideas. THIS IS REALLY HELPFUL as students understand what the rules look like and how they can internalise them for themselves. Students then make a rule flower to add to the garden. They can either write a rule on each petal OR write a feeling on each petal that comes about when people are following rules.
Have a week of FUN with these creative activities and stop stressing about what you are going to do!