Saturday, August 31, 2019

5 Fun Back To School Games

I love using games to learn more about my students at the beginning of the school year.  The best part is that I use many of these same games and strategies throughout the year for learning and practicing content, so it helps me to introduce them in an easy and non-threatening way!


1. Getting to Know You Heads Together

Place students into small groups of 4-5.  Have students take turns answering questions about themselves.  Use a timer to give them 30 - 45 seconds to respond.  Then have each of the groups share out their answers.  You may ask them to pick one or share the one that was most common in their group.

After the first round (which should only have one question to enable them to get started comfortably), help them learn how to keep track of time and to listen to what their classmates have said.  Repeat other rounds over the next few days, or have students share the same things with different peers.  Here are some sample questions:
  • What is a movie or a book you have seen or read lately that you really liked? Why?
  • What two words describe you? Why?
  • If you became the principal, what is one thing you would change about this school if you could?
  • If you had could have any superpower, what would you choose?



2. Stand Up If It Is True For You

Many times students are embarrassed to participate in classroom activities because they think that no one else thinks like they do.  This is a fun way to help them see how much they have in common with their classmates.

Read one question at a time, and have the students stand up if the statement or question is true for them.  You can enhance this activity by having students meet with the people who stood up for a certain question or statement to share their answers in more detail.  Here are some sample questions:

Stand up if you:

• Were born inside/outside the United States .
• Were born in this state.
• Have a sibling.
• Play a sport.
• Have rode a horse.
• Have ever broken a bone or needed stitches.
 Have a blue toothbrush.



3. Find Someone In The Class Who

Give students a list of descriptions (for example: who went to visit a relative during summer vacation or who has no brothers or sisters) and have students try to find a student who fits that description.

Students will walk around the room trying to find a student who fits that description.  When they find one, that student should write their name on the paper. The student will then move on to another student with the hope that that person will meet one of the other characteristics on their list.  The goal is to meet and talk to as many people as possible withing the time limit in order to put one name by each of the characteristics.  I usually give students about 10 minutes to complete this activity.





4. Two Truths and a Lie

Ask students to write down three statements about themselves, two that are truthful and one that is a lie.  The rest of the class takes turns trying to decide which one is a lie.  You could also do this as a small group activity.





5. Who's In My Circles?

This is an activity that allows students to know their classmates better by having each one add their names to others' topic "circles" of loves, likes, and dislikes.



Have students draw three circles like the picture above.  They can add the one thing that they love, that they like, and that they dislike.  Topics can include things like food, hobbies, sports, or books or movies they have read or seen.

The other students walk around adding their names to the circles section that they agree with.

I use pre-made circles placed in sheet protectors because I use this activity throughout the year.

You can find all of these games and a few more in my Back to School Collaboration Activities here.




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Monday, August 26, 2019

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Monday, August 19, 2019

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Monday, August 12, 2019

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

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