I hope you'll consider using this jellybean activity as a way to transition back to school. I needed a way to engage students early on in their first day back from Spring Break, so I created this activity to get them listening, speaking, and writing within minutes of their arrival. Included in this download is a PDF file and a link to a Google Slides presentation that can be projected throughout the activity.
To conduct the activity, I filled plastic Easter eggs with some Starburst jellybeans and allowed students to randomly choose an egg from my basket. As an alternate activity, you could hide the eggs and have students hunt for an egg. I was fortunate enough to find enough different colored eggs so that students could pair up with the person who had the color egg that matched theirs. You can have them group up however you see fit. After grouping the students, they had five minutes to share their responses by selecting a jellybean and sharing out the instructed information with their partner. There are different topics for each different color jellybean. This list can be projected on the board or page four of the presentation can be printed and passed out. As students are sharing, I encourage partners to actively listen. Students should share one fact for each jellybean in their egg. When the five minutes of sharing concluded, students went back to their individual seats to write up what their partner had said. There is a prompt included for students. I was surprised to see just how much each student remembered about their partners, and how motivated they were to write it all down. I hope you’ll find success with this activity too!