Activities to Start the Year

A collection of community building activities, SEL Tips, games, and lessons on self-care to get your year off to a good start.  

Activities to Start the Year


What we do in our classrooms during the first days and weeks of school can help us establish a caring and inclusive classroom community that will last the year. This kind of culture can sustain us and our students, even and especially in hard times.


The K-12 classroom activities in this pdf include a range of ideas and approaches to help you and your students get off to a good start – from getting-to-know-you activities and games to self-care strategies to creating community agreements.

Download the Activities to Start the Year PDF guide here.

Also see our classic Getting to Know You guide, and Getting to Know You - Virtually.