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What's your best back to school activity?

Aug 26, 2016 2:03pm

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Social Studies / Technology
  • 2-6
  • Behavior / Class Culture / Common Core / Differentiation / Engagement / New Teachers
  • Student Collaboration


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    • Aug 27, 2016 2:13pm

      Hi Jewel! My favorite back to school activity is Talking Points! I decribe them here in the new Tch Formative Assessment Deep Dive:
      I hope that helps!

      • Dec 5, 2016 7:18pm

        One of my favorite activities is a group game where you get to know more about the students. I have done this game with middle schoolers and with college students, and they loved it. It is a little difficult to do this with a large class, but it is possible. The game is called, the truth about me. You have to have seats arranged so that you have one less than the number of students, somewhat like you would for musical chairs. This game works when one person stands up, tells something about themselves or what they have or have not done (i.e. what they like, dislike, about their family, places they've gone, etc.) and everyone who has (or done) the same thing must stand up and move around to find a different seat. The person left standing must then take their turn to say "the truth about me is....." This game can last as long as you want it to, but I usually try to play it for as long as it takes for each person to have shared something, or at least gotten up and moved around.
        I know that a game is sometimes overwhelming when you first start school, but students like to have a change of pace from the typical introduction, review of school rules. After the first time I played the truth about me with my students, they begged me to let them do this warm up whenever they could, so I made it into an award for the students.

        • Sep 30, 2016 9:24pm

          Put this worksheet on the back of a homework. Talk with students about it during lunch or after school.
          All About ME
          1. What are three interesting facts about yourself?
          2. What was your favorite subject in sixth grade and why?
          3. If you could have lunch with any famous person who would you pick and why?
          4. What are your personal goals for your 7th grade year? How will you make those goals a reality?
          5. Please tell me about your family. Who do you live with? How old are your siblings? Include as much information as you feel comfortable sharing.

          Adjust for your grade and leave some space with lines after each question.

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          • Dec 9, 2016 4:22am

            As a music teacher, one activity I love doing is the 'Match that tune' game. Each of my students are given a card with a well known tune on it. If they don't know the tune they are welcome to trade their card with someone else. When the timer starts it's their goal to hum that tune, and walk around the classroom and match themselves with the other student humming their tune. The students then interview each other with questions that are on the backs of their cards, and we then go around the room and the students will introduce each other. It's a fun interactive activity that gets the kids up and moving, AND allows them to possibly meet other students that they might not have.