Use these back to school activities to get your students engaged with classroom management, reading, writing, and grammar. Designed for the first weeks of school, this bundle includes an icebreaker activity, a grammar game, task cards, and lessons designed to get your students reading and writing right away!
Start with character cards as an icebreaker and team builder activity. Much like the classic “21 Questions Game,” students walk around the classroom asking one another questions in order to use critical thinking and guess the characters on the cards on their backs.
Review routines, expectations, and procedures with back to school task cards that encourage students to review their syllabus, handbooks, and other classroom resources. Besides helping students review their routines, expectations, and procedures, the Twitter response handout requires students to write concise answers and makes their learning relevant.
Choosing Novels Activity
Help your students choose appropriate novels for independent reading. This activity uses a strategy called IRA in which students evaluate their book choices by interest, readability, and appropriateness and guides them to a “tease to read” presentation.
Memoir in 100 Words
Get to know your students better and encourage them to use precise word choice with a memoir lesson. Originally inspired by The Washington Post feature “Life is Short: Autobiography as Haiku,” students write 100 word memoirs. It teaches students to “show” themselves in vivid details and carefully chosen words.
Review Sentence Structures
Find out what your students remember about the four sentence structures: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. This is game gets them out of their seats and actively learning.
This 98-page resource includes four PDF files and one PowerPoint presentation. If you would prefer to purchase these activities separately, click on the links below:
Icebreaker Activity: Popular Characters
BTS Task Cards
Choosing Novels for SSR