I asked almost 400 teachers what their back that is favorite to activities and ice breakers were. The answers were amazing! Teachers gave returning to school book suggestions, ideas for building a positive classroom community, ice breakers and more for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students!
There have been a lot of great ideas them all that I can't share. So, I organized all the answers, shopping for the most popular, the absolute most unique, therefore the most practical back once again to school activities. A few of the trained teachers were willing to share ideas but asked to remain anonymous, and so I respected that request. The absolute most activities that are popular several of my favorites are below!
Most Popular Back Again To School Activities
Several back again to school activities kept coming up over and over repeatedly. The actions below were probably the most popular, employed by many teachers all over the world.
All about me activity was the All About Me Bag – which happens to one of my favorite back to school activities as well about me Activities – The most popular All. You can easily find out more concerning the All About Me Bag (and get a free printable) here! Other All About Me Activity ideas included creating All About Me posters or pennants and doing an All About Me writing activity.
Two Truths and a Lie – a differnt one of my favorites! I call it Find the Fib. Find out how to utilize this as an ice breaker – as well as for other activities through the school year – here. (comes with a free printable!)
STEAM Team Building Activities – returning to school is a great time to integrate STEAM into your classroom! The teachers surveyed had some great activities for STEAM team building at the beginning of the season, including: Saving Fred, Helping Harry, a Cup Stacking Challenge, and a Spaghetti and Marshmallow Challenge.
Back again to School Read Alouds – The teachers I surveyed listed a large selection of back once again to school books to see for their class, even though overwhelming favorite was First Day Jitters. Other favorites included many thanks, Mr. Falker , School's First Day of School, Wemberly Worried, Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners, Spider School, The Dot, and Oh, the Places you will Go!
Back again to School Ice Breakers
The teachers I surveyed had so many great ice breaker ideas that I had to create a section specialized in just ice breakers and team builders.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament – Amy, who teaches Grade 5, says that "when students lose they cheer for the person they lost to for the tournament." Find out more here.
Could you Rather Questions – An anonymous teacher explained, ". students choose a side of the room according to their answer. Example: could you rather reside in town or perhaps in the country?"
The Line Game – comparable to "could you Rather Questions," 5th grade teacher Amanda Gornitsky said she puts "a blue line on the ground and when something pertains to the student they step at risk. Ex. Step at risk if your animal that is favorite is zebra."
Toilet Paper Tell – Another anonymous teacher explained this ice breaker. "Pass around a roll of toilet tissue and instruct students to tear as long or as short an item because they like. Next, have them count how many squares they pulled off. Explain that they can tell the one thing about themselves for each of their squares. It is so much fun and totally hilarious because some kids always get overzealous and rip off a very long ribbon of toilet paper and then they need to think about something to share with you for all those squares! I allow other students to encourage them or assist them to out by asking questions in the event that student is shy or uncomfortable."
Small Groups or Partners Ask Each Other Ice Breaker Questions – If you have pre-made questions for students to read and inquire each other, this will make a ice breaker that is great. Plus, students arrive at practice their reading, listening, and speaking skills. These Ice Breaker Questions for several Year will allow you to build a classroom that is positive – and ensure that it stays all year!
Speak about practical! The teachers below had great back once again to school activity ideas that served a dual purpose – after completing the experience, the teachers would use it to generate a bulletin board.
"through the first week, I have students write a biography poem as a get to know you activity about themselves and share them. Later within the week I print them out on half sheets and also the students draw a self portrait which is apparently holding within the half sheet. It is great to hold up in early stages to give kids some ownership of the room." – Alexandria Carpenter
"My favorite activity is a 'Crayon Name Design.' Since I teach 3rd, I write their name in a choice of cursive or print it. Chances are they slowly trace around it using different colors through to the paper has no white space left. The colors should bump each other. If they are done, I hang them up when you look at the classroom for your year. It is loved by them!" – Lisa Kerrins, 3rd Grade
"Every student gets a paper sized puzzle piece. Once finished with names and favorites, they are put by us all together from the wall within the hallway to show all of us 'fit together.'" – Cindy ELA 5–8
"The students trace and cut their hands out and then decorate it in their 'style.' We use every one of the hands in order to make a flower that is big stays up all year." -Anonymous
"I browse the Giving Tree. Then each learning student writes on a leaf what they could offer the classroom. Most of the leaves are mounted on a tree and 1 bulletin board done!" – Christine Kosinski https://edubirdies.org/buy-essay-online/, 4th grade
"I love making videos that are snapchat funny faces and welcoming the students to my classroom. Doing so automatically brings comfort and laughter to my class. The ice breaker that is greatest of them all. It is loved by the kids!" – Valerie Golden Nies (Mrs. Golden) 3rd Grade
"I . like with the iPad in my own classroom. We are fortunate enough to own one per student. They go into the app Pages and create a poster using shapes, stamps, photos which have taken etc., that represent themselves and their interests. Then through Apple TV, the young children are able to use their iPad to show their poster regarding the screen. They really love this, and now have fun asking one another questions." -Anonymous