Activities to Start the Year

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.