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Animal Introductions
On the first day of school, I pass out animal stickers to the students. I make sure that the stickers are given out in pairs so that they can be matched. The students need to find the other person in ...
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Biography Poems
I use a biography poem to get to know my students. I ask my students to write a biography poem based on themselves. On the handout given to them, I create an example about myself so that the students ...
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Can Do Challenge
Reverse your students’ “Can’t Do” attitude with the Can Do Challenge. This fun icebreaker helps establish a positive, aspirational tone for the rest of the year.
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Can We Talk?
Ms. Parson’s students interview each other on the first day of school. Her unique twist on a familiar assignment illustrates a great way to of pairing students together and produces creative decorations for her bulletin board.
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Creative Grouping
My students participate in many small groups throughout the semester. To learn to work in groups made up of different personalities, intellects, philosophies and learning styles, I divide the groups u...
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Family Maps
Ms. Shogren puts her students on the map! Read about how she breaks the ice at the start of school by marking where her students traveled during the summer or where their family members live on a large map.
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First Week in Kindergarten
The first week of school, I give my students a gingerbread man nametag to wear. The nametag corresponds to the bulletin board outside my classroom door. This enables the students to easily find their ...
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Five Ideas for Reaching ELL Students
Here are some ideas for working with English Language Learner students: 1) Get all of the picture dictionaries you can get your hands on, Richard Scarry books are especially good. Does he know any Eng...
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Foreign Langauge Ice-Breakers
I think that the ice-breaker activity is a good one for the beginning of the year, but also any other time as well. Divide a piece of paper into as many squares as you want - probably at least 12 - 16...
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Get Creative with Lining Up
Ms. Durgin-Clinchard was tired of asking her students to line up by gender, so she found some more creative ways do it. She even takes it a step further by using these groupings to teach about her similarities and differences.
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