Activities to Start the Year
Segue from the summer into the new school year by having students consider the summer's news, its impact on their communities, and what kind of impact they'd like to have in their communities.
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Begin by asking students, "What do you need to feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn?"
The beginning of the school year is the ideal time to establish a caring community in your classroom.
Students think about how to create a kind, caring classroom using an interactive poem and a drawing activity.
An introductory circle invites participants to consider values that are important to them and the group.
This activity aims to help your class get the school year off to a good start. Students share their names and a high point of their summer; learn a little about their similarities and differences; and begin considering what kind of community they want to create in their classroom.