Today we’re going to talk about three simple and fun back to school activities for elementary students.
There’s so much of curriculum to cover. During the first week of school, it can be tempting to delve into all of the different subjects so that you don’t fall behind.
HOWEVER, it will come at the expense of creating a warm, safe and loving classroom environment. It’s worth spending time getting to know your students, helping them get to know each other, and showing them that your class is a place where they can trust each other so that they can speak their mind.
Focusing on getting-to-know-you activities will speak to a child’s social and emotional learning needs. It will improve their social, mental and academic success, while creating an inclusive space for your students to feel welcomed.
It also has the added benefit of helping with classroom management when your children know that they can trust you and their peers.
Here are three ways that you can create this classroom environment. Each of these topics have a variety of activities for your students to indulge in for the first week of school.
#1. Engage in Creativity
Give your children some time to draw, color and write about themselves. This is great for individual work when they arrive in the morning. It will help get them settled but excited for the day ahead.
You can follow this up with sharing in the form of a whole class or small group discussion, or have a gallery walk.
#2. Talk to Each Other
Get students talking to one another so that they can learn more about themselves and each other. It’s a great way for you to get to know them and for them to make new friends. This will help set up your classroom environment and increase inclusion amongst students.
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#3. Play Games Together
Have fun with games like About Me Bingo, Would You Rather, Hunting for a Friend, and so forth. With games like these, your children will be up and moving or laughing hysterically with each other. You’ll have children talking about how much fun they’re having in your class while you develop a safe space for them to talk to and play with each other.
The only items you’ll need are printables for the activities, which you can find below and some dice.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The relevance of focusing on back-to-school activities and how it helps both you and your students.
- Three activities you can do with your children are Engage in Creativity, Talk to Each Other, and Play Games Together.
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