I use these activities at the beginning of every school year in my 8th grade Social Studies class (US History focus). This set of activities will take you through the first 3-5 days of school and asks students to investigate what The American Dream is to them. They will read/discuss quotes and primary sources, interview their family members and ultimately create a bumper sticker to illustrate what they believe The American Dream is. Primary sources include excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech, Susan B. Anthony's "Speech on Women's Rights to Vote" and the Declaration of Independence. You can easily incorporate these activities around the "house-keeping" of those first days of back to school. Some of the activities are group activities which provide ice-breaker opportunities as your students get to know each other. The lessons could be adapted for upper elementary students with some scaffolding and assistance with passages.