Cooperative Learning Activities For the Beginning of School

September 7, 2016

Do you remember the first days of school when you were a child? There was so much fun and excitement in the air and students were always eager to meet their teacher and classmates. Students encounter a lot of new things that first day of school and teachers are there to them get through these days of firsts. One of the most important thing any teacher can do is to help students interact and get along with each other. This will make them feel safe and nurtured. These two first week activities are great ways to break the ice and set the tone for a year of friendship in school:

Interview: For younger students, use pictures, for older students, you can brainstorm a list of questions and they can choose which ones they write down. The basic idea is that two students will be paired together and they will interview each other. The student who did the interviewing will report out about the student who was interviewed. This is a fun way to help you and the classmates get familiar with every student for the new school year.

Spider Web: Have students sit in a circle and grab a ball of yarn. Start with yourself, and say your name and one thing about yourself. Then choose another student who is across the circle and roll ball of yarn to that student. That student says his name and one thing about himself. Play continues until all students have gotten a turn and there is a web of string criss crossing the circle. Teach the students how each person is an important part of the web, and how if one person lets go of the string, the web collapses. Teamwork is essential in the classroom!

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