Back to School Activities for 6th Grade is a 39 page set of worksheets, task cards, games, a writing activity, math activities and more to keep your kids busy learning the first week. The goal of these activities, besides student learning, is to provide you as a teacher, a simple way to get to know the kids, while allowing them to get to know one another, and helping them make the transition to a new classroom.
Specifically it includes:
All About Me Worksheet
All About My First Day in Fifth Grade
Two Truths and a Lie Icebreaker
Find Someone Who Icebreaker
Five Things for Fifth Grade Worksheet
Pent Means Five Worksheet
A Good Friend Worksheet
A Good Teacher Worksheet
Venn Diagram - Compare and Contrast Classrooms
Venn Diagram - Compare and Contrast Myself and a Friend/Buddy
100% Smart Circle Graph/Percentage Math Activity
Class Favorites Graphing Activity
Math About Me Worksheet
The Wonderful, Fantastic, So Good, Awesome Day Activity (Take off on Judith Viorst’s Alexander book)
Procedure Review Small Group Activity
32 Task Cards to Review Procedures (and record sheet)
Detailed Teacher Notes
One of the best things about this set, besides the fact that it’s so easy to use, is the variety of activities it provides. The worksheets are great to use as morning work and will help you get to know your kids so much better. These low-stress handouts are a great way for your students to ease back into school after summer break.
The Good Friend Worksheet, A Good Teacher Worksheet, and Peacemakers/Peacebreakers Worksheet are awesome to use with small groups, individually or as a review for important beginning of the year discussions. One way to use them is as a Morning Meeting follow up.
Language Arts skills are included in this set as kids are asked to do a fun writing activity called The Wonderful, Fantastic, So Good, Awesome Day, which was inspired by Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day book. Great discussions leads to great writing and talking about what things would make our best day ever (maybe starting with a maid bringing you breakfast in bed?) is a fun springboard to writing and an easy way to quickly assess student’s writing skills.
Six Things for Sixth Grade asks kids a number of questions like name six things under the sea besides fish or name six things you would like to have on a deserted island. Perfect for sixth grade! There’s also a Latin/Greek root page with Hex Means Five. This challenging matching activity might be done as a whole class or in small groups and will help kids become more aware of our language.
There are several math activities from Math About Me, a Class Favorites Survey and Graphing Activity (great getting to know you activity too) and a 100% Smart Activity, which not only helps kids review circle graphs and basic percentages (it has to add up to 100%) but also is a great way to connect with your students by knowing their strengths and interests.
The Procedure Review Small Group Activity helps kids review rules as they create and then present those procedures or rules in a number of ways. They might create a poem to present, make a poster, or do a skit, if you’d like. Lots of open ended ways to share, means that kids will hopefully choose something that is fun for them, while reinforcing the procedures at the same time.
Lastly are the task cards. Oh, I do love task cards! The kids see them as just plain fun and a chance to move around the room but I know better. These task cards give kids real life school scenarios and ask what they would do. It gives kids a chance to move beyond just the stating of a rule to the application of it. Questions like “What would you do if you were stuck on a math problem but the teacher was working with a small group,” or “What would you do if the teacher was presenting a lesson and you had to use the restroom?” Good stuff and happens all the time! These 32 task cards and a class discussion afterwards will help kids internalize the things we want them to know to make our classroom run more smoothly.
I love the beginning of the year and am so happy to be able to share this set that is loaded with some of the things I do. I think these resources are ones you’ll use year after year, not only because of the variety of materials that kids enjoy, but because the activities target a number of good learning goals. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I do.
Back to School Activities also comes in these grade levels:
Back to School Activities for 2nd Grade
Back to School Activities for 3rd Grade
Back to School Activities for 4th Grade
Back to School Activities for 5th Grade
Here's another Back to School resource your kids will love!
Back to School Procedures Board Game and Poster Set
Looking for more resources for 6th grade?
Opinion Piece - Persuasive Writing
Complete Paragraph Writing Bundle
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