The first week of school can be daunting! With all the faculty meetings and seminars , you don't have time to come up with fun activities to impress your students and get them to invest in your class. We get it, and we're here to help!
This fantastic bundle provides EIGHT diverse activities that will facilitate an environment where you get to know your students, students get to know each other, and you introduce United States History to your class!
This "First Week of School Activity Bundle" includes:
1) A "Student Profile" handout. Students can provide a photo of themselves, fill in their class schedule, and answer questions that provide you with their nicknames, parental contact, extra-curricular activities, and their favorite and least favorite classes.
2) A "People Finder" activity. Students will have an opportunity to get to know their peers better by roaming around the room to find students who have met certain criteria listed on the handout. This activity provides an avenue for students to open up and engage in dialogue while sharing their background with their peers. It's a great way to begin creating a welcoming and fun learning environment in your classroom.
3) A "Liar Liar" activity. Students will love this activity! In groups of four, students will reveal 3 facts about themselves that no one really knows. The catch: one of these facts is actually false. Group mates will need to guess which facts are true and which is a lie. Again, this activity provides an avenue for students to open up and engage in dialogue while sharing their background with their peers. It's a great way to begin creating a welcoming and fun learning environment in your classroom.
4) An "American Word Wall" activity. Students will have an opportunity to work with their peers to come up with words, people, places, or events from throughout American history that begin with each letter in the alphabet. With open communication and teamwork, your students can achieve a collective goal and complete their handout while drawing on their prior knowledge to prepare for your course. Once completed, take the time to have students share their findings, write those findings on the board, and discuss them as a class.
5) A "Current Event" activity. Students will be tasked with finding an article from a credible new source about a current event from the week. Once they've read the story, students will write a half page analysis based on a series of questions provided. Students must then be prepared to share their opinions and findings with the class and can open up a discussion about current events in your classroom. Who doesn't want that?!
6) A "United States History Pre-Test". This assessment has 25 multiple questions that will test your student's knowledge of foundational events in American history. Without the pressure of grading and points, students can honestly assess what they know on their own and what they remember from previous years. It's a great way to gauge what students need to succeed.
7) A "History Snapshots" game. This powerpoint activity provides your class with 20 different images of people and events throughout United States history. Students will have the chance to identify the person or event and then explain the events or what the people are known for. You can turn this one into a competitive game, or you can take it easy and make it a class discussion. Either way, it's a great lesson!
8) A "United States History Password" game. Buckle up! This game will get intense. Based entirely on the old "Password" game show, students will pair up and try to score as many points as possible to win the game. This powerpoint will provide 5 people, events, dates, or laws per round from throughout U.S. history, and the game will last 6 six rounds. Each round, one student will face the board and provide clues to their partner, who should face away from the board and try to guess what person, event, date. or law is being described to them. Students groups will keep track of their score per round and add up their point totals. At the end of Round 6, the pair(s) with the highest score wins the game. Incentivize the game by providing extra credit, homework passes, or the title of "Password Champion". Your students are guaranteed to love this one!
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