Back to School Task Cards: First Week of School Activities Getting to Know You

Teaching Treks
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Back to School Thinking Treks (BUT also well suited for any time of the year) is a set of 30 TASK CARDS, designed as a way for students to get to know each other at the beginning of a school year. All treks involve discussion and problem solving and are ideal for collaborative learning.

**Updated January 2015 - there are now 30 task cards!
**Please note this is the US Spelling version of Back to School Thinking Treks. You can find the Australian/British spelling version here: Back to School Thinking Treks (Australian/ UK Spelling)

Here's what some happy buyers had to say:

"Love making students think from day 1!"

"Wow! These are so wonderful, creative and fun! I'm new to fifth grade this year (from first) and was looking for something to get the kids excited from day one and keep them engaged as we build classroom community. These are exactly what I was looking for. They will also be great to use throughout the year for independent group work. I'm going to recommend this product to my teacher friends. Thank you for this"

"Perfect! Love the colored task cards but I'll probably use the black and white ones because of ink issues! Thanks for providing both options."

The 30 fun and engaging thinking activities are:
*ideal for differentiation
*provide opportunities for students to make choices
*promote critical and creative thinking
*range of higher order thinking opportunities
*great extension for early finishers
*perfect for a thinking corner or learning center
*suited to individual or collaborative work
*Trek Tracker page provided to assist students track progress
*color and black and white versions are provided

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