Back to School: Activities for Building Community

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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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Are you looking for some community-building activities for back to school? These activities are quick, fun, and engaging for students.

These activities are focused on these four traits of classroom community:
--Communication
--Peace/Love
--Individual importance
--Friendship/Acceptance

All of these traits run together. They do not stand alone. They are simply separated for the sake of focusing on certain traits based on the suggested books and/or activities.

Here is what is included in this MEGA-unit!

-Building Community with Picture Books

-Building Community with Music

-Book suggestions for building community

-Picture Book: Communication (Aliki) -
Communication activity #1 (Great Communicators)
Great Communicators poster
Thinking/Question poster
School supply cutouts of great communicators

-Communication activity #2 (Communication Is…)
“Communication is…” definition poster
Speech bubble craft & examples
Communication bulletin board idea & letters

-Communication activity #3 (All You Need is Love)
Hand craft/sign language - “I love you”
examples

-Communication activity #4 (How Do You Communicate?)
Graph pieces
Recording sheet
Chart/whiteboard pieces
examples

-Picture Book: Peace Begins with You (Katherine Scholes) -
-Peace Activity #1
“Peace is…” poster – definition of peace
“Peace is…” poster – poem from book
“What is Peace to You?” poster (for bulletin board)
“Peace is…” craftivity & examples

-Peace activity #2 (How to Be a Peacemaker )
Question/Discussion cards for solving problems (making peace)

-Picture Book: Andy, That’s My Name (Tomie de Paola) –
-Individual importance activity #1
“Yeah, that’s My Name”/letter card activity
Recording sheet

-Individual importance activity #2
“I’m Important because…” poster activity

-Picture Book: Two Good Friends (Judy Delton)
-Friendship/Acceptance activity #1
“Opposites Attract” antonym center
Student directions for center
Antonym (glue & scissors) cards
Recording sheets
Answer keys

-Friendship/Acceptance activity #2
Would You Rather? game or center activity
Recording sheet (optional, if using at a center)
Friendshape (Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld)

-Friendship/Acceptance activity #3
Friendshapes craft
Bulletin board idea & letters (optional)
Love Letter cards

This product is geared towards 3rd-6th graders. I will be using it with my 4th grade class this year, but I used some of the activities with my special ed 9th grade students last year.

Note: The books are not included in this product. The (suggested) book titles are listed with the activities that go with the book. You do NOT have to have/read the books to do these activities with your students. It is optional, but beneficial! :)
Total Pages
114
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks

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Back to School: Activities for Building Community
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Back to School: Activities for Building Community
Back to School: Activities for Building Community
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