About This Chapter
Back to School Activities - Chapter Summary
Heading back to school can be a very exciting time for students in any grade level. Help add to the excitement by planning fun activities for their first day back. This chapter can give you ideas for entertaining ways to introduce your students to their peers and ensure they're comfortable in their new classroom setting. Resources include:
- Icebreaker activities for the classroom
- Back-to-school crafts and activities
- First grade, middle school and high school first-day-of-school activities
- Activities for the last day of school
Access resources during your planning period, at home or anywhere you can connect to the internet. Revisit this chapter often to ensure your activities are perfect for your students.
How It Helps
- Simplifies lesson planning: This chapter provides one convenient location for finding back-to-school and last-day-of-school activities.
- Covers multiple grade levels: Resources available in this chapter help you prepare back-to-school crafts and activities for a variety of grade levels.
- Helps students acclimate: Using these activities in your classroom can create an environment that helps students get acclimated on their first day.
Upon completion of this chapter, you will be ready to do the following:
- Help students get comfortable with their new classmates using icebreaker activities
- Engage students with fun back-to-school activities and crafts
- Develop first-day-of-school activities for your grade level
- Incorporate entertaining last-day-of-school activities into your lesson plans
1. Back to School Tips for Teachers
Getting back to school after the summer is not just hard for children; it can be challenging for teachers as well! The tips in this lesson will help you with a smooth transition into the school year.
2. High School Classroom Decorating Ideas
Lesson structure isn't the only thing that affects the way students work in a classroom. Aesthetics are really important too. Check out these ideas for ways to decorate a high school classroom.
3. Classroom Icebreaker Activities
Are you looking for fun ways to engage your students in the classroom? Look no further! These ideas for classroom icebreaker activities will get your students involved in simple and fun ways.
4. Back to School Activities & Crafts
Coming back to school after break can be a time for celebration. This lesson provides ideas for activities and crafts you can do to make your students feel welcome and get excited about school.
5. First Day of School Activities for First Grade
The first day of school is always a big deal, and with the youngest students, every moment counts! This activity gives you some ideas about how to get your first grade students acclimated and ready to work together.
6. First Day of School Activities for Middle School
The first day of school can be an anxious time, even for seasoned middle school students. Use these activities to help students get to know one another and build community.
7. First Day of School Activities for High School
Use these icebreakers to welcome students to a new school year. Some activities can be tailored to test students' prior knowledge about your specific content area.
8. Last Day of School Activities
Far from useless, the last day of school can be a lot of fun and an important moment for reflection. Take advantage of the opportunity with a few of these last-day-of-school activities.
9. Brain Breaks for Middle School
Brain breaks are both good for health and increased learning. Anything that gets kids out of their seats is valuable. Check out these ideas for middle school brain breaks.
10. Brain Breaks for High School
Have you noticed that your high school students are staring off into space instead of learning material? Are their eyes glazing over and their heads on their desks? Insert these, short, fun brain breaks into your classroom routine and watch your students increase alertness and engagement.
11. Brain Breaks for Adults
Even adults can benefit from brain breaks, for the good of both concentration and health. Check out some of these possibilities for adult brain breaks.
12. School Fundraising Ideas
Many schools are struggling for funding as support is increasingly cut. Fundraising is, therefore, becoming vital. Why not try some of these fundraising ideas to raise money for your school?
13. Classroom Rules Lesson Plan
Classroom rules help keep your students safe and able to learn. This lesson plan uses a text lesson to walk your students through basic classroom rules and procedures, then gives you an activity to use to set your students up for a successful year.
14. Classroom Rules: Lesson for Kids
Students are learning in classrooms all over the country! In this lesson, learn about rules and behaviors that will help keep your classroom safe, keep students happy, and make sure learning is taking place.
15. After School Activities for Middle School
Keeping students engaged during the school day can be hard, and keeping them entertained after school can be even tougher. This lesson provides teachers with some ideas for after school activities designed for middle school students.
16. After School Program Activities for Elementary Students
After school can be a great time to introduce children to activities that the regular school day does not allow for due to time constraints. This lesson gives you some ideas for programming for elementary level after school programs.
17. After School Activities for High School Students
After school activities are an important aspect of a student's high school education. This lesson will provide some examples of physical, social, and educational activities that you can engage students in after school.
18. First Day of School Activities for Students with Autism
The first day of school can be scary for any student. Students with autism often have a very hard time with the change in routine and environment. This lesson offers activities for students who fall on the autism spectrum on their first day of school.
19. How to Set Up a Small Classroom
If your classroom is small, setting it up sensibly is very important! This lesson helps you look past the drawbacks of working in a small space, focusing instead on how to set it up wisely.
20. Name Recognition Activities for Kindergarten
Name recognition is one of the first steps children can take toward literacy, so it is both important and exciting. This lesson offers some activities kindergarten teachers can use to help students learn to recognize their names in print.
21. Classroom Garden Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to help students learn how to grow aromatic herbs in a classroom garden. Students will also learn the fundamentals of growing plants in containers and will observe the life cycles of the plants.
22. Lesson Plan Ideas for the First Day of School
The first day of school, in any grade, is often a day for 'ice breaker' activities. Rather than delving too deeply into the material for the school year, there are many possible ways that a teacher can approach the first day of school through getting-to-know-you activities.
23. Family Tree Project Ideas for High School
Family trees show several generations of a family in a graphic display. The family tree projects in this article are designed to be used in high school classrooms, and would most likely fit into history or language arts curricula.
24. Kindness Project Ideas
Kindness is a character trait that is important for all students to understand. In order to learn this skill, students need a lot of good exposure to acts of kindness and practice in being kind themselves.
25. All About Me Project Ideas for High School
In high school, although some students have a strong sense of personal identity, many are still looking to develop the idea of who they are. An '~'all about me'~' project might help and will easily fit into an English or history high school class.
26. Family Tree Project Ideas for Middle School
Family trees are popular with many students as a way to learn about family history. These projects can help your students learn more about themselves and a little about history as well.
27. Biography Project Ideas
A biography is the story of a person's life, told by someone else. Biography projects can be completed in all grade levels. These projects allow students to develop research, writing, critical thinking and public speaking skills.
28. Morning Meeting Activities for Kids
In this lesson, you will find different ideas for morning meetings in an elementary school classroom. The activities listed in this article will help get your day off to a great start.
29. Back to School Icebreaker Activities
Teachers often use icebreaker activities at the beginning of the school year as a way to help students relax and have fun getting to know their new classmates. Use the icebreaker activities below to make the first days of school fun for your students.
30. Family Tree Project Ideas for Elementary School
Family trees are always popular projects for elementary school students. The following ideas will give you some options on how to implement these projects in your classroom.
31. All About Me Project Ideas for Elementary
Understanding who your students are, their interests and background will help you teach the individual student and foster classroom community. Use these project ideas in your elementary school classroom.
32. End of the Year Activities for High School
Use these activities in your high school classroom as the school year draws to a close to help students reflect on what they have learned and accomplished over the year.
33. Icebreaker Writing Activities
As a new year begins, one way for students to share their ideas with new classmates is through writing. These activities can be adjusted to a variety of age groups and include poetry, magazine articles, letters, and free writing.
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