Activities to Start the Year

August 31, 2017

Begin by asking students, "What do you need to feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn?"

September 2, 2016

The beginning of the school year is the ideal time to establish a caring community in your classroom.

September 10, 2013

Students think about how to create a kind, caring classroom using an interactive poem and a drawing activity. 

September 9, 2013

An introductory circle invites participants to consider values that are important to them and the group.  

September 4, 2012

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.

November 7, 2011

An experienced classroom teacher offers two 10-minute activities she has found useful in building community in her classroom, particularly at the start of the school year.

September 3, 2008

This 38-page PDF booklet includes great activities to get your class (grades preK-12) off to a good start in the new school year.

January 30, 2007

This fun activity is a good one to use at the beginning of a course. It's a quick way for students to connect with one another and overcome shyness.