The excitement of the holidays has subsided; the decorations have been packed away, and that can only mean one thing. It’s almost time to welcome your students back into the classroom! In this post, we will explore some simple ways to welcome your students back and get them excited about learning!
Whether you are welcoming back the same students or have an entirely new group of kiddos, these activities are simple and allow you to find out a little more about your students and what they did over the break.
Author your own book
A play on the “Over the break I did X, Y, and Z…” essay. Encourage students to bring their hobbies or activities they did over break into this writing exercise. If they helped with a lot of cooking, have them pretend to be a chef when writing their book. Have the students write and illustrate a short book and share it with the class.
This one is great if you have a new group of kiddos this semester. Have your students write their names on a regular sheet of paper; the bigger the name the better! Around (or inside) their name, encourage your students to share their interests, hobbies, and other information about themselves. Not only does this allow your students to get to know each other, but it also provides a great way for you to get to know the students as well.
Get to Know You Bingo
Another great activity for a new group of students or current students to get to know more about their classmates. Make or find a BINGO board, like this one (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Back-to-School-FREE-Getting-to-Know-You-Ice-Breaker-First-Day-BINGO-1344338) and pass it out to your students. Have them visit with their classmates to find someone for each of the boxes on the board.
Have a great start to the semester!