Back to School Activities and Ice Breakers for Upper Elementary

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    I inquired almost 400 teachers what their favorite back into school activities and ice breakers were. The answers were amazing! Teachers gave back again to school book suggestions, ideas for building a positive classroom community, ice breakers and much more for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students!

    There have been a lot of great ideas them all that I can’t share. So, I organized most of the answers, looking for the most used, the most unique, and also the most back that is practical school activities. A number of the trained teachers were happy to share ideas but asked to remain anonymous, therefore I respected that request. Probably the most popular activities and a number of my favorites are below!

    Most Well Known Back Once Again To School Activities

    Several back to school activities kept coming up over and over repeatedly. Those activities below were some of the most popular, employed by many teachers all around the world.

    All about me activity was the All About Me Bag – which happens to one of my favorite back to school activities as well about me Activities – The most popular All. You can find out more about the exactly about Me Bag (and acquire a free printable) here! Other All About Me Activity ideas included creating exactly about Me posters or pennants and doing an All About Me writing activity.

    Two Truths and a Lie – a different one of my favorites! I call it Find the Fib. Find out how to utilize this as an ice breaker – and for other pursuits through the entire school year – here. (Also includes a free printable!)

    STEAM Team Building Activities – back again to school is a great time for you to integrate STEAM into your classroom! The teachers surveyed had some great activities for STEAM team building at the beginning of the year, including: Saving Fred, Helping Harry, a Cup Stacking Challenge, and a Spaghetti and Marshmallow Challenge.

    Back again to School Read Alouds – The teachers I surveyed listed a massive variety of back to school books to read through with their class, although the favorite that is overwhelming First Day Jitters. Other favorites included many thanks, Mr. Falker , School’s First Day of School, Wemberly Worried, Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners, Spider School, The Dot, and Oh, the Places you will Go!

    Returning to School Ice Breakers

    The teachers I surveyed had so many ice that is great ideas that I had to help make a section devoted to just ice breakers and team builders.

    Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament – Amy, who teaches Grade 5, says that “when students lose they cheer for the person they lost to through the entire tournament.” Learn more here.

    Can you Rather Questions – an teacher that is anonymous, “. students choose a region of the room based on their answer. Example: could you rather live in town or perhaps in the country?”

    The Line Game – similar to “Would You Rather Questions,” 5th grade teacher Amanda Gornitsky said she puts “a blue line on to the floor and in case something applies to the student they step on the line. Ex. Step on the line in case the favorite animal is a zebra.”

    Toilet tissue Tell – another teacher that is anonymous this ice breaker. “Pass around a roll of toilet paper and instruct students to tear for as long or as short a bit as they like. Next, have them count how squares that are many pulled off. Explain that they will tell one thing about themselves for every single of their squares. That is so much fun and totally hilarious because some kids always get overzealous and rip off a very long ribbon of wc paper after which they have to think about something to share for all those squares! I allow other students to encourage them or help them out by asking questions if the student is shy or uncomfortable.”

    Small Groups or Partners Ask Each Other Ice Breaker Questions – when you yourself have pre-made questions for students to learn and get each other, this will make a ice breaker that is great. Plus, students arrive at practice their reading, listening, and speaking skills. These Ice Breaker Questions for several Year will allow you to build a positive classroom community – and keep it all year!

    Talk about practical! The teachers below had great back into school help me with my homework activity ideas that served a dual purpose – after completing the game, the teachers would utilize it to produce a bulletin board.

    “throughout the first week, We have students write a biography poem about themselves and share them as a get to know you activity. Later in the i print them out on half sheets and the students draw a self portrait which appears to be holding up the half sheet week. It really is great to hang up in the beginning to give kids some ownership regarding the room.” – Alexandria Carpenter

    “My favorite activity is a ‘Crayon Name Design.’ Since I teach 3rd, I write their name in a choice of cursive or print it. Chances are they slowly trace around it using different colors before the paper does not have any space that is white. The colors should bump each other. I hang them up in the classroom for the whole year when they are done. It is loved by them!” – Lisa Kerrins, 3rd Grade

    “Every student gets a paper sized puzzle piece. Once completed with names and favorites, they are put by us all together in the wall when you look at the hallway to show all of us ‘fit together.'” – Cindy ELA 5–8

    “The students trace and cut out their hands and then decorate it in their ‘style.’ We use all the hands to produce a big flower that stays up all year.” -Anonymous

    “I see the Giving Tree. Then each student writes on a leaf whatever they can offer the classroom. All the leaves are attached to a tree and 1 bulletin board done!” – Christine Kosinski, 4th grade

    “I like making Snapchat videos with funny faces and welcoming the students to my classroom. Performing this automatically brings laughter and comfort to my class. The greatest ice breaker of all time. The youngsters love it!” – Valerie Golden Nies (Mrs. Golden) 3rd Grade

    “I . like utilising the iPad within my classroom. We’re fortunate enough to have one per student. They’re going into the app Pages and create a poster using shapes, stamps, photos which have taken etc., that represent themselves and their interests. Then through Apple TV, the young children have the ability to use their iPad to show their poster from the screen. They really like this, and also have fun asking each other questions.” -Anonymous



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