It's that time.
I'm sad summer is over, but, I am excited at the start of a new year!:)
Besides some of the typical activities I use every year, (e.g"Getting to Know You" Bingo), here are some new activities I will be using.
Two of the ideas I got from Matt Bergman's blog, "Learn, Lead, Grow
." He created a Google Slides of class expectations
and had the class work in groups to complete them. Can you say "student ownership?" I added some of my own expectations
that I want them to work on. When they are done, I will print the slides, put them on posterboard and hang up our rules. (I have to have rules posted in my classroom.)
The other idea is the Flipquiz.me game
.(This site no longer exists) I created a game similar to this in a Jeopardy format, it's mentioned in another blog post.
All you need is a device and somewhere to project the quiz. The quiz was very easy to make and I know the kids are going to have a great time!
I am beginning the year with a project. Boo!!! No, wait, this will be fun. It is the Selfie Project
. Students are given items that they have to take selfies with or of. It's a way for them to have fun and for me to get to know them a little better. I purchased a selfie stick for my class, and I didn't include too many "at home" items, not knowing the phone and home situations. Many of my students are looping, so I was able to let them choose how they want to present.
If you want to combine Math and a "Getting to Know You" activity, "Figure Me Out"
is a great, fun, way to do this. This one was shared by my teacher friend. Not only is it fun and educational, you can also hang it in the hallway or complete a bulletin board with the finished product.
Of course, I always have my "Getting to Know" you surveys
. I updated it by using questions that I found on a paper survey and inputting them into Google Forms.
I like these questions better than the simple "Favorites" questions because I think it will help me understand my students better.(As soon as I recall where I found the questions, I will give them credit.)
is a Scavenger Hunt, brand new for me. I created a "mission" for the students to complete as a team. Getting my team building in. I made it very simple and they get points for each part they complete. The students will need a device. They also have an education version
but I can't afford the $119 a year. :(
And last , but not least, BreakoutEdu!
I think of it as an "Escape the Room" in a box. The students have to follow clues, digital or physical, that will help them unlock the box. You do need a box and locks. You can purchase it from the company or put together your own box/locks.. (Amazon). They have breakouts created, or you can create your own. Since this is my first time using it, I will stick with a ready-made version.
If you would like any of the forms, go to Files, click "Make a Copy", and it's yours. I will not use these activities in a day, they will be spread out over the next 2 weeks, mixed in with the curriculum. Hopefully, you can use at least one of these ideas in your classroom. Have a great year!