Back to School Games to Help Build Community in the Secondary Classroom
Updated: Jul 13
Back to school games are a great way to get to know your students and start to build a strong foundation for your classroom community. Here are my favorite back to school games for building community.
Students love activities that get them up out of their seats, so Back to School Four Corners is always a favorite. Everyone learns so much about each other with this game, and I often play right along with my students.
The Adjective Game helps me learn students’ names on day one. Students notice and appreciate when you start calling them by name right away. It lets them know you value them. I’m terrible with names, so this game saves me from being that teacher who needs to use their rosters for three weeks before figuring out who everyone is. You can download this free game by clicking here.
Interactive This or That
Not only is Interactive This or That a fun way to get to know students, it’s also a way for students to take some ownership of the classroom. By the end of the game, students have created a piece of art that can be used to help decorate the classroom or hallway. It helps them become invested in the space.
The Birthday Game doesn’t require any sort of prep, and it’s also a great game for collaboration. It’s a chance for students to learn how to work together before they are ever placed in groups for a grade. This game will also show you which students will step into leadership roles. You can grab this free game by clicking here.
Have a great first week of school. Happy teaching!
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