I inquired almost 400 teachers what their back that is favorite to activities and ice breakers were. The answers were amazing! Teachers gave back into school book suggestions, ideas for building a classroom that is positive, ice breakers and more for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students!
There were a lot of great ideas them all that I can’t share. So, I organized all of the answers, shopping for the most used, the most unique, while the most practical returning to school activities. A few of the teachers were prepared to share ideas but asked to keep anonymous, and so I respected that request. Probably the most popular activities and a number of my favorites are below!
Most Popular Back To School Activities
Several returning to school activities kept coming up over repeatedly. Those activities below were a few of the most popular, utilized by many teachers all over 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 are able to find out more in regards to the All About Me Bag (and obtain a printable that is free here! Other All about me posters or pennants and doing an All About Me writing activity about me Activity ideas included creating All.
Two Truths and a Lie – Another one of my favorites! I call it Find the Fib. Find out how to utilize this as an ice breaker – as well as alternative activities through the school year – here. (also incorporates a free printable!)
STEAM Team Building Activities – back into school is a time that is great integrate STEAM into the classroom! The teachers surveyed had some great activities for STEAM team building at the start of the season, including: Saving Fred, Helping Harry, a Cup Stacking Challenge, and a Spaghetti and Marshmallow Challenge.
Returning to School Read Alouds – The teachers I surveyed listed a giant variety of back again to school books to see for their class, even though overwhelming favorite was First Day Jitters. Other favorites included Thank You, Mr. Falker , School’s First Day of edubirdies.org/write-my-paper-for-me review School, Wemberly Worried, Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners, Spider School, The Dot, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Back to School Ice Breakers
The teachers I surveyed had so many ice that is great ideas that I experienced to make a section specialized in just ice breakers and team builders.
Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament – Amy, who teaches Grade 5, says that “when students lose they cheer when it comes to person they lost to throughout the tournament.” Get more information here.
Would You Rather Questions – an teacher that is anonymous, “. students choose a region of the room in accordance with their answer. Example: Would you rather live in town or in the country?”
The Line Game – just like “could you Rather Questions,” 5th grade teacher Amanda Gornitsky said she puts “a blue line on the ground and in case something pertains to the student they step at risk. Ex. Step on the line if for example the animal that is favorite is zebra.”
Toilet Paper Tell – Another anonymous teacher explained this ice breaker. “Pass around a roll of toilet tissue and instruct students to tear as long or as short a piece because they like. Next, have them count how many squares they pulled off. Explain for each of their squares that they will tell one thing about themselves. This will be so much fun and totally hilarious because some kids always get overzealous and rip off a rather long ribbon of toilet tissue after which they need to think of something to talk about for those squares! I allow other students to encourage them or help them out by asking questions if the learning student is shy or uncomfortable.”
Small Groups or Partners Ask Each Other Ice Breaker Questions – when you have pre-made questions for students to see and inquire one another, this is why a great ice breaker. Plus, students arrive at practice their reading, listening, and skills that are speaking. These Ice Breaker Questions for several Year will allow you to build a classroom that is positive – and keep it all year!
Talk about practical! The teachers below had great back to school activity ideas that served a dual purpose – after completing the activity, the teachers would utilize it to create a bulletin board.
“During the first week, We have students write a biography poem about themselves and share them as a become familiar with you activity. Later when you look at 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 is great to hang up in early stages to provide kids some ownership regarding the room.” – Alexandria Carpenter
“My favorite activity is a ‘Crayon Name Design.’ I write their name either in cursive or print it since I teach 3rd. Then they slowly trace around it using different colors until the paper has no space that is white. The colors should bump one another. I hang them up in the classroom for the whole year when they are done. They LOVE it!” – Lisa Kerrins, 3rd Grade
“Every student gets a paper sized piece that is puzzle. Once finished with names and favorites, they are put by us all together on the wall when you look at the hallway to show all of us ‘fit together.'” – Cindy ELA 5–8
“The students trace and cut their hands out and then decorate it in their ‘style.’ We use all of the hands to help make a big flower that stays up all year.” -Anonymous
“I read The Giving Tree. Then each student writes on a leaf whatever they can offer the classroom. All the leaves are mounted on a tree and 1 bulletin board done!” – Christine Kosinski, 4th grade
“I love making videos that are snapchat funny faces and welcoming the students to my classroom. Doing this automatically brings laughter and comfort to my class. The greatest ice breaker of all time. The kids like it!” – Valerie Golden Nies (Mrs. Golden) 3rd Grade
“I . like making use of the iPad in my own classroom. We’re lucky enough to own one per student. They go into the app Pages and create a poster shapes that are using 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 demonstrate their poster regarding the screen. They really love this, and also fun asking each other questions.” -Anonymous