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Creative Back to School Activities for the Secondary Classroom

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

All teachers know that the first few days of school play a critical role in setting the tone for the year. It’s the time we use to get to know our students and build a sense of community. Here are five creative tasks that students will love on the first day of school.

Four Corners Game

Four Corners is a fun way to get to know your students. Because the game requires students to get up and interact, they learn about each other too. After hours of sitting and listening to rules and procedures on day one, students love this activity.

Emoji Secret Message

A secret message hidden in emojis is a cute way to welcome students back to school and let them know that you are glad they are there with you. First days can sometimes be scary for our students, and this will help them feel welcome.

All About Me Facebook Profile

Students are already familiar with social media profiles, so the All About Me Facebook Profile will catch their attention. It’s a fun activity that can also be used as a bulletin board display at the beginning of the year.

Would You Rather

Would You Rather is a great icebreaker game to get to know students. It can get students up out of their seats moving across the room to show their answers. With a mix of silly and serious questions, students love this activity.

ABCs of Me

ABCs of Me is a creative task that all students can complete. No artistic abilities are needed for this activity, and you will learn so much about students that you wouldn’t learn in regular back to school activities. Some parts can be challenging, but it’s a great opportunity for students to work collaboratively.

Class Culture Quilt

A class culture quilt is a great way to build community and celebrate students’ differences. It’s a fun project, and it can be displayed all school year. It can also be paired with literature, so it can be a creative way to introduce your curriculum.

Happy new school year,


You can check out these resources here:

Back to School Four Corners Game

Back to School Emoji Secret Message

All About Me Facebook Profile

Would You Rather

ABCs of Me

Class Culture Quilt

You can also check out my back to school bundles:

Back to School Activity Bundle

Digital Back to School Activity Bundle

Back to School Mega Bundle

Related Blog Posts:

Digital Back to School Activities for Middle and High School

3 Must-Have Lessons to Start the Year in Secondary ELA

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