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Back to School Getting to Know You Activity

Teaching Muse
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Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
Standards
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
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Pages
9 plus digital option
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Description

Need a great first day of school activity? Whether you are in the classroom or distance learning, this back to school activity will allow you to get to know your students better by allowing them to reflect and set goals for the future. Students will reflect on their struggles and successes of the previous year, brainstorm their favorite things about school. Students will commit to setting three goals and design a way to implement the goal. Students will also confide what they need from their teacher to be successful in school.

This activity looks great in your classroom for Back to School Night, can be used in a distance learning classroom, and helps students promote a growth mindset.

Student will:

  • Reflect on the previous school year
  • Identify favorites (subject, learning style, etc)
  • Discuss goals
  • Setting goals (academic or personal)
  • Identify what they need from their teacher for a successful school year

This getting to know you activity includes:

  • Teacher instructions to access the Google Slides link to easily distribute to Google Classroom or Schoology
  • Student instruction sheet
  • TWO versions of the flipbook;
    • Printable
    • Digital Google Slides

  • Rubric to assess student work

Feedback from teachers who used this back to school activity in their classroom:

  • This is going to be a great back to school activity to utilize in the first few days of school. Not only will it get my students thinking, but it will also promote conversation among the classroom!
  • Very excited to use this at the beginning of the year. Great warm-up for my older students to get back into the groove of writing but also think about the year ahead and goal setting.
  • Loved this for the first week of school! I used it in my special education middle school classes and it worked for a range of students.
  • Love this idea! I'm excited to use this with my students and then show them these again at the end of the year. It is a great way to monitor goals!
  • Thank you thank you! This was such a fun thing for my students to build and we refer back to it every day when talking about growth mindset. It's been so great for them and I can't wait to use them with more students.

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Total Pages
9 plus digital option
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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