I hope everyone is enjoying their summer break!
I hate being the bearer of bad news, but Back to School is quickly approaching…Yikes!!
I’m sure many of you are clinging on to those last few days of vacation. If you are having trouble setting down the margarita and jumping back into school mode, I totally understand. Hopefully the transition can be a bit easier for you after reading this blog post!
When it’s time for you to plan out the first week of school, where do you start?
Do you focus on implementing classroom rules and procedures?
Do you focus on team building and collaborative activities to provide students the opportunity to get to know each other?
OR do you just jump right into content and curriculum?
Maybe you implement a combination of all three?
In this post you’ll find activities, ideas (and maybe a few freebies woo-hoo!!) to get you back on track with planning for the new school year. I like to break down Back to School Activities into the following four categories!
Team Building / Ice Breaker Activities
Here is a FREE resource I designed where students can work with their new group members to create a group name and image that represents their team! This is a great team builder and ice breaker activity! Use the link below!
My Time Capsule
Have students create a time capsule! During the first week of school, ask students bring in a tin can or Pringles container. Allow them to decorate as they please. Have them write a message to their future self and write a date that they can finally open their time capsule. This is a great activity for strengthening creative writing and self development! Find the time capsule here!
This game is “Back to School” themed with questions such as, “What is the school subject called where you learn about plants, animals, and the natural world around you?”