Back to School Getting to Know You Activity

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I work with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities and am always looking for SEL and mindfulness activities to reinforce our lessons. Thanks so much for your hard work!
My students loved this resource! I loved how I was able to teach them different technology aspects while using this resource too!


How are you going to get to know your students this year? Research has shown that relationship building on the first days of school help creates a classroom community. This fun back to school project promotes social emotional learning and helps you build personal relationships with your students as they take ownership of their feelings and share their likes, dislikes, and goals.

⭐️⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This was a fantastic back-to-school assignment. I used it during our first week of distance learning. Paired with a video presentation, this was an excellent way for me to get to know my new students while getting an idea of how savvy they were with tech and presentations." - Sra. Lopez, 5th grade teacher

Students will:

  • Share information about their personal life, goals, and feelings about the future
  • Create a presentation and video using checklists and graphic organizers
  • Increase their social emotional learning by forming connections and communicating with their teacher and parents.

This getting to know you activity includes:

  • Five pages of teacher information to help you navigate this activity in your classroom.
    • Digital links to Google Slides materials of all printable materials. (Yes, this comes with BOTH print and digital materials).
    • Screencasts of utilizing video recording platforms such as FlipGrid, creating videos for teachers, and a student screencast to explain what they need to do.
    • Yes! This project can be used in your Learning Management System, such as Schoology, SeeSaw, or Google Classroom.

  • Teacher instructions for making your video to share with students. Let students get to know you, too! This helps create your classroom community and build student relationships.
  • Project checklist
  • Graphic organizer
  • Scriptwriting template
  • Filming checklist
  • Templates for teacher and student project
  • Rubric to assess student work

How to use this back to school activity in your classroom:

  • Perfect for the first days of school! This activity will help you quickly get to know a lot about your students.
  • Icebreaker activity: However no one needs to get nervous! Students will have a chance to brainstorm and elaborate on what they want to share with others.
  • Weekly Get to Know You: Spread out the videos by sharing one student per week. That student can have the spotlight for the week and allows relationship building to continue all year long.
  • Back to School Night: Play the videos in the background so that parents can see their child and how much you know you already know about your students.
  • Social Emotional Learning ( SEL ): Distance learning has taken a toll on our students' social emotional health. Forming relationships with your students will help them feel connected to your classroom and engaged in activities. In addition, this activity will allow you to learn more about your students while utilizing technology to create videos.
  • Parent-teacher conferences: Have students share their academic strengths and weaknesses. This can help build your conversations with parents during conference time.
  • Student Portfolios: Have students create this autobiography at the beginning of the year. Then revisit it as an end of year activity to reflect on how they have grown.

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12 plus Google Slides links and screencasts
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
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 tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


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