Quick activities that also get your class up and moving include…Student Sort: Have students sort themselves into groups based on things they may have in common. For instance, ask students to find other people who have the same coloured eyes, whose birthday is in the same month, or whose name starts with the same letter. This is a fun way to get them talking to each other, you will also be able to observe anyone who holds back – these little people may need your support in building relationships with their peers. This or That: Give students two choices, such as dogs or cats, ice cream or chocolate and have them sort themselves based on their preference
Some other activities that are great to use during the first few days include…Fun Facts about Me: this is a simplified version of our Maths about me activity. Hello Classmates: use this editable template to create a word search featuring the names of all your students. Dice Breakers: a quick game that can be played as a whole class or small group. Students take turns rolling a dice and answering the related question. This resource includes two different sets of questions. All About Me Bunting: print the bunting onto bright coloured paper to create an eye catching display for the start of the year. This would also be a great activity for students to complete during end of year transition, so they start the year with some of their work already on display! And don’t forget to check out our newest resource – Getting to Know You Chatterbox. This is a great way for students who are quieter to develop one-on-one relationships. Encouraging your students to build relationships with each other is also vital in these first few days. Developing a sense of community helps each and every student feel a sense of belonging. There are many different ways to help build these relationships, but we love the idea of using a hands on team challenge. Simply break your class into teams and set a challenge to be completed in a specific time frame. Challenges could include build the strongest bridge or the tallest tower. Provide students with materials (such as popsicle sticks, toothpicks, straws, gumdrops, marshmallows, rubber bands, spaghetti noodles) to complete the task, and watch them collaborate to meet a goal. Wishing you all the best of luck for a smooth start to your 2020 classroom adventures!