"Scooting" Into a New School Year

Heading back to school can be a stressful time for little people. As excited as they are to see old friends, children are faced with many unknowns at the start of a new school year. Where will my classroom be? Who is my teacher? Is she nice? Does she give a lot of homework? Will I get to sit beside my friends?

Looking for a great ice breaker idea to welcome students back to school? Take a look at the fun activity in this blog post. It is perfect for elementary grades, getting your kids up and moving, getting to know each other on the first day or in the first week of school.

Icebreakers are an extremely useful way to get students talking and learning about one another. The perfect way to build community in your classroom, icebreakers come in all forms and are perfect for all age levels.

In some classrooms, like my own, there are rarely new students arriving from out of the area, so most of the kids already know each other when the new school year begins. In cases like this, students need to be guided into digging a little deeper and making connections with students they may not have before.

I've decided that a fun way to do this in my classroom is by getting them up and moving in a structured way by combining the fun and movement of a SCOOT game with all the meaning of a traditional icebreaker activity! 

Looking for a great ice breaker idea to welcome students back to school? Take a look at the fun activity in this blog post. It is perfect for elementary grades, getting your kids up and moving, getting to know each other on the first day or in the first week of school.
You are free to run the activity any way you wish. I prefer to spread the SCOOT cards all around the classroom - on the desks, the floor, shelves - so students are moving the entire time. They should move individually around the room, heading to a new card each time and waiting quietly for a partner to join them. Students should be encouraged to meet with every other student in the room before catching someone for a second time. 

You may wish to structure this more, with a teacher-directed rotation. It is totally up to you!

I'd love to hear what sorts of icebreaker activities you use in your classroom at the start of your new school year! Leave me a comment below!

You might also be interested in this blog post. It is full of strategies for encouraging independence in your classroom, and what better time to implement these strategies than at the beginning of a new school year?!

Looking for a great ice breaker idea to welcome students back to school? Take a look at the fun activity in this blog post. It is perfect for elementary grades, getting your kids up and moving, getting to know each other on the first day or in the first week of school.

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Looking for a great ice breaker idea to welcome students back to school? Take a look at the fun activity in this blog post. It is perfect for elementary grades, getting your kids up and moving, getting to know each other on the first day or in the first week of school.

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