The Best Back to School Activities for Kids

It's that time of year again! Time to break out the new backpacks and pencil cases and get ready for another year of learning. But before the homework and tests start rolling in, it's important to take some time to bond with your new students. That's why we've put together some back-to-school activities for kids that are sure to get everyone in the school spirit!

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Back to School Lessons Set the Stage for the Year

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Lessons designed to help your students ease back into the school year are a great idea to help set the stage for the rest of the school year. With lessons on behavior, character, organization, rules, regulations, and more, you can convey your expectations for the year. By adding in some discussion questions, role-playing scenarios, and activities, you've got a real winner. Check out these editable Back to School Lessons to see what you can do with yours.

Classroom Scavenger Hunt:

Have your students get to know their way around your classroom or the building with a fun scavenger hunt! Have them team up with a partner or a group and see who can find the most items on the list. Learn where things are located in the classroom, in the textbook, or across the campus, with an engaging scavenger hunt that gets students searching high and low. All you need is a list and some pencils to get this activity going.

Team-Building Games:

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Games are great ways to break the ice and get everyone working together. Try classic favorites like Guess Who or Human Knot. Or mix things up with some more unusual games like Hula Hands, Cone Head Community, or Puzzlers. This special download has 10 Team-Building Games for use in your classroom. With a purpose, goal, materials list, and procedures that are given to you step-by-step, you're sure to have a great time.

Get-to-Know-You Activities:

These activities are designed to help everyone learn a little about each other. Try going around the room and sharing something you did over summer break or playing a game of two truths and a lie. If you're just looking to get-to-know your students, try a worksheet of common questions. Ask them their birthdate, favorite color, snack, movie, and book. Getting to know your students better will help you to form relationships with them, which helps with everything else.

I hope these activities help make your transition back to school a little bit easier!

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