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Looking for engaging community building activities

Jul 28, 2013 10:31am

What community or teamwork building activities do people use at the beginning of the year?

  • Pre K-12
  • Class Culture


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    • Aug 10, 2013 11:37am

      I read " Chrysanthemum" to establish empathy. We create class expectations and because of the proximity to Constitution Day, we refer to it as the class constitution and everyone signs it.

      • Aug 11, 2013 7:56pm

        I designed a scavenger hunt on a sheet with boxes. Each box states something about the students such as "has one brother", "has more than 2 pets"," favorite singer is Taylor Swift", "had a birthday in July", etc. Students circulate and find someone for each box. That person signs the box and they look for someone to sign another box. They can only get a person to sign one box (supposedly). after several minutes, call time, come together as a class and go over answers together. They learn about each other and I learn about them.

        • Aug 10, 2013 1:03pm

          Similar to Katie, I use an inside/outside circle with question cards that came from Kagan Coop materials, but it would be easy to make your own. Any type questions - school related - favorite subject/why or non-academic - If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why. Need enough questions so that there are few repeats. Each student talks a minute to the other, and then movement to a new partner.

          I teach elementary and one of the first things in the day is an attendance chant, came from The Morning Meeting Book.
          One, Two Three Four
          (Student name) Hit the floor - that student stands to take a bow, wave, curtsy, or whatever they would like to do. Quick, fun intros for everyone. On this, I make sure to let the students know to correct me if I am not saying their name correctly, and I make a phonetic note of the spelling, so I can ge their name right from the get-go.

          • Aug 14, 2013 8:29am

            I teach in a small-town school where the kids know each other pretty well. I use "2 truths and a lie" as an ice breaker. Students take turns telling 3 "facts" about themselves. The other students have to figure out which one is the "lie". This generally leads to a giggly good time, and I get to learn more about my students' interests.

            • Jul 28, 2013 6:33pm

              Hi Michael, Have you seen this previous thread? It has some great ideas!

              • Jul 28, 2013 8:30pm

                Thanks - but I want more for the classroom and less for the faculty.

                In my opinion the best way to build team among a staff is to have them work together more on school related activities.

                • Aug 10, 2013 12:25pm


                  Where would locate the Information on the "Walk across the circles" activity.
                  Thank you,

                  • Aug 13, 2013 12:01pm

                    I made a "Love It, Hate It" game. Each student gets 2 cards (one says Love It, the other says Hate It. Each student gets a list of foods, trends, movies, etc. The teacher starts by choosing one of the selections. All of the students get to express their opinion using the cards. This is a fun way to get to know each other!

                    • May 18, 2014 8:00am

                      I love all of these ideas. Do you teach elementary students or middle school?