It’s hard to believe but it’s already time for back to school. The good news is that there are plenty of activities you can do with your students to help get them excited for the new school year.
This can be an exciting time for students, but it can also be stressful for some. Teachers are busy preparing their classrooms and lesson plans, but they still need to find ways to engage their students and help them prepare for the new school year. Here are some fun back-to-school activities that your classroom can enjoy.
1. Host A Back -To-School Social
Have an ice cream social at the beginning of the year. This is a great way for students to get to know each other and break the ice.
What better way to get to know your classmates than over a bowl of ice cream? An ice cream social is the perfect back-to-school activity. Not only does it give everyone a chance to enjoy their favorite flavor, but it also provides an opportunity to catch up after a long summer apart. By sitting down and sharing a scoop (or two), students can get to know each other on a more personal level. And who knows? They might even discover that they have more in common than they thought. So if you’re looking for a fun and effective way to start the school year off right, an ice cream social is hard to beat.
2. Start A Classroom Instagram
Start a class Instagram account and have students post about their day. This is a great way to keep parents updated on what their child is doing in class and it also helps students become more comfortable with using technology.
A classroom Instagram account can be a great way for students to share what they are learning with their friends and families. It can also be a useful tool for teachers, providing a platform to share photos and videos of classroom activities. To get started, simply create an account and invite students to follow. Then, encourage them to share photos and videos of themselves engaged in various classroom activities. You can also use the account to share announcements, reminders, and other information with parents and guardians. By using Instagram to connect with the community, you can help create a more engaging and supportive learning environment for your students.
3. Hold a scavenger hunt around the school
A school scavenger hunt can be a great way for students to explore their school while learning about its history and features. To create a hunt, start by dividing the class into teams and giving each team a list of items to find. Items can include things like a classroom with a certain number of windows, a piece of art with a specific color, or a teacher with a particular type of hair. As the teams search for the items on their list, they can also collect points by answering trivia questions or taking photos of themselves with the items they find. At the end of the hunt, the team with the most points wins. Not only is a school scavenger hunt a fun activity for students, but it’s also an opportunity for them to learn more about their school and connect with their classmates.
4. Icebreaker Activities
These help students become acquainted with one another and can be done as a whole class or in smaller groups.
Student icebreaker activities can help get to know each other in the classroom. It can be hard to get to know everyone in a large class, but icebreaker activities can help students feel more comfortable interacting with each other. By participating in activities that require them to share personal information, students can get to know each other on a deeper level and build relationships that last beyond the classroom. Additionally, student icebreaker activities can help create a more positive classroom environment by promoting cooperation and teamwork. When students feel like they are part of a community, they are more likely to be engaged in learning. As a result, student icebreaker activities can have a lasting impact on the entire classroom.
5. Goal Setting:
Helping students set goals for themselves not only helps them stay on track during the school year but also teaches them important life skills.
Setting goals is an important part of any student’s academic journey. By setting goals, students can chart their growth and progress over time. Goal-setting activities can also help students to better understand their strengths and weaknesses, and identify areas in which they need to improve. There are several different goal-setting activities that students can do, both on their own and with the help of their teachers or parents. Some common goal-setting activities include writing down goals, setting timelines, and creating action plans. By taking the time to set goals, students can set themselves up for success both now and in the future.
6. Learning Styles Assessment
Understanding how your students learn is important. There are many different ways to learn, and each person has their preferred method or method. Some people learn best by listening to lectures or audio recordings, while others prefer to read texts or take notes. Some people learn best by doing hands-on activities, while others prefer to watch demonstrations. And some people learn best by a combination of methods. The best way to learn is the method that works best for you.
One way to find out your preferred learning style is to take a learning styles assessment. This assessment will ask the students questions about how they like to learn, and based on their answers, it will identify their dominant learning style.
Once you know your student’s learning style, you can use it to your advantage when giving instruction. For example, if you have a visual learner, you might benefit from using flashcards or taking pictures of important concepts. If you have an auditory learner, they might benefit from listening to lectures or podcasts. And if you have a kinesthetic learner, you might benefit from doing hands-on activities or taking breaks to move around between study sessions.
By using their preferred learning style, you can make the most of your time and find more success in your classroom.
7. Back To School Resources
Here are a few fun and engaging ideas to get your students excited about learning.
Try a hands-on approach with fun manipulatives. ABC charts, number lines, and magnetic letters are all great ways to get kids to interact with the material.
And don’t forget about technology! There are tons of great resources that can be used for learning.
Check out my back-to-school resources here!
With a little planning and creativity, you can create a fun and stimulating learning environment for your students. So get ready for another great year of school!
As we head back to school, let’s make sure to take some time out for fun and enjoy the new school year. Here are some great ideas for back-to-school activities that will keep your students engaged and learning. Do you have any favorite back-to-school activities that we missed? Share them in the comments below!