Back to School Activities, Icebreakers and Management Tools

Back to School Activities, Icebreakers and Management Tools
Back to School Activities, Icebreakers and Management Tools
Back to School Activities, Icebreakers and Management Tools
Back to School Activities, Icebreakers and Management Tools
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Two of the most important aspects of the beginning of the school year are forming positive relationships with your students and establishing important procedures in your classroom. This bundle helps you do both!

The bundle includes the following 20 products:

Dice Game: Get to Know Your Students
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This is a great activity that you can play during the first few days of school to get to know your new students. Each student gets a turn to roll the dice and then based on the question that corresponds to the number, they share a fact about themselves. The product includes four versions so you can play the game at least four times! It's extra fun if you purchase a bouncy dice which bounces all over the classroom.

Two Truths and a Lie: Get to Know Your Students
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On the first day of school, I always play Two Truths and a Lie so we can all get to know each other. Don't forget to share your own two truths and a lie!

Pipe Cleaners: Get to Know Your Students
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Are you looking for a fun, hands on way for students to get to know each other? You found it! This is a great "get to know you" activity for the first week of school. Your students will work in pairs to interview each other about their interests, talents, passions and hobbies. Then, they'll create an object out of pipe cleaners to represent one chosen interest (such as a soccer ball or dance shoe). Then they'll present their object to the class and teach the class about their partner. The product includes one page of directions to guide the partners in this activity.

Student Questionnaire
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This student questionnaire includes six speech and though bubbles filled with interesting questions for your students to answer on the first day of school. It's a great way to get to know your students, their interests and their learning style. When you're taking attendance or completing various other first day of school tasks, it's a great handout for your students to complete.

Group Work Expectations
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Before students work in small groups for the first time in the beginning of the year, I always lead a discussion about group work. What should it look like? Sound like? Feel like? Why is group work important?

Teacher Quiz: Students Get to Know You
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This teacher quiz is a fun way for students to get to know you. Your students guess what your favorites are. I turn it into a competition and the student who gets the most number of questions correct wins a sticker. Enjoy!

Student Jobs
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Having students assist you in the classroom by choosing jobs helps them take pride in their classroom and teaches them responsibility and leadership skills. The product is a one-page chart of a list of jobs perfect for the middle school classroom, a brief description of each job and space for student names. I post this mini-poster on my bulletin board and reassign the jobs every month.

Number Squares
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I use these number squares in the following ways in my classroom:
1) I pass these out to students when determining classroom jobs. The student with #1 chooses a job first, etc.
2) When determining partners or groups, I pass these out. When dividing the class into two groups for a review game, all odd numbers are on one team, etc. Or when determining small groups, #1 - #3 are in one small group, etc.
3) I also keep a calendar on my board and use the numbers for the days of the month.

Birthday Chart
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This colorful birthday chart will look great on your bulletin board! It's a fun, visual way for you and your students to remember when everyone's birthday is.

Participation, Preparedness & On Task Rubric
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This clear and easy to understand rubric is a great way to document and communicate with both students and parents. It helps you grade students on participation, preparedness and on task behavior.

Bathroom & Hallway Squares for Classroom Management
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This is a great classroom management tool that maximizes learning time in the classroom and improves students' organization skills. Each students gets one handout and keeps it in his or her binder throughout the quarter. If s/he forgets something in his or her locker or needs to use the restroom, s/he can leave the classroom (with teacher permission) up to six times in a quarter. The teacher should cross off a square on the handout each time s/he leaves the classroom. If students leave the classroom more than six times, they are required to stay after school as a consequence. At the end of the quarter, students can enter any remaining squares into a raffle for small prizes. Ever since I started using these bathroom and hallway squares, students have left my classroom much less frequently.

Table of Contents
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This product includes a table of contents page that students keep in their binders to help them organize their classroom handouts.

Classroom Rules
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After printing, I laminate each rule as its own page (there are five rules plus a title page) and then post them on my bulletin board at the front of my classroom. After explaining my expectations to my students and having them role play "rule following" and "rule breaking," I refer to the rules throughout the year.

Procedures Mini-Posters
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This resource includes three mini-posters about procedures: End of Class, Quiz Rules and Absent Binder. I tape the Absent Binder procedures to a binder that I keep near my supplies. The other mini-posters go up on my bulletin board and I constantly refer to them throughout the year.

Ask Questions About Class
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After introducing my new students to my class, I give them the opportunity to ask questions. They fill out the provided template with three questions. I then collect them and answer them on the next day. This brief activity makes a great exit activity during the first week of school. Since some students might be shy or nervous to speak during the first few days of school, this template gives students an opportunity to understand your expectations, content and more in a comfortable way (by writing them instead of speaking them).

Student Autobiography Jacket Cover
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This project has it all - creativity, brainstorming, writing, and drawing! This is a great way for your students to reflect upon their own life experience, to share their favorite memories with their classmates and for you to get to know them. Your students have an opportunity to create the book jacket of their (imagined) autobiography. They'll create the cover, spine and back cover. Each section of the book jacket includes specific requirements such as illustrations, writing, and designs. This is a great project to showcase at your Open House! The product includes directions and a rubric.

Timeline of Your Life
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Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period. In order to get to know your students as you begin the new school year together, your students are going to create an illustrated timeline that showcases their most memorable and significant events in their lifetime. The product includes specific requirements and a rubric.

Travel Brochure of Favorite Places
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As a way for you to get to know your students at the beginning of the year, they will create a travel brochure of their favorite places. Their completed brochure will help you learn about their interests, hobbies, and leisure activities that they enjoy. An example of a favorite place can be on the window seat of their family room, on another continent, or anywhere in between. Their travel brochure will include images and descriptions of their favorite places. The product includes an explanation of requirements and a rubric.

Student Autobiography Poem
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As a way for you to get to know your students as you begin the new school year together, your students will write an autobiography poem. The product includes a template of 11 lines and a rubric.

Redesign the Dollar to Represent Your Interests
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In order for you to learn about your new students this school year, their task is redesign the dollar bill to reflect their hobbies, interests, goals and achievements. The project includes a combination of writing, designs and illustrations. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a chart to learn the significance and meanings of the phrases and images on the current U.S. dollar bill. The product includes directions, a rubric, a two-page chart about the U.S. dollar, and an answer key.

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Back to School Activities, Icebreakers and Management Tools
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