Monday 15 August 2011

Where to fish for back-to-school ideas

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While I was thinking of writing about my favourite back-to-school activities, I realized that none of them are downright my creations, they have all been gathered over the years from different websites, jotted down at seminars, learned at conferences, heard form colleagues.
So what I ended up doing was I decided to post a digest of web links to different sites which offer useful tips and classroom materials for the first lessons of the new school year.

Scholastic is a fantastic website for all things teachers need. Here are a few pages with valuable advice and tips.
Top 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Students - great suggestions for introductions and getting acquainted with your new class.
8 Ways to Welcome Students -
help your students feel comfortable in the new class.
Fabulous First-Day Ideas - suggestions for classroom activities on the first days of school.

Another great website for teachers is Education World. Check out these pages.
Fun Activities: Get the School Year Off To a Good Start - will help the teacher get the year off to a great start.
Icebreakers Volume 4: Activities for the First Day of School -
teacher-tested ideas for getting to know your students.
Check out more icebreakers and other fabulous ideas in Back to School Archive.

Teaching Happily Ever After
is a great blog about creative teaching which has a page on back-to-school activities suitable for little kids. You will get inspired by the pictures of classroom arrangement and decorations, and you can also read some useful tips.

Brainpop has a fantastic Back-to-school page with an interactive quiz, lesson plans, graphic organizers and a Brainpop animated movie kids will love.

A huge list of back to school activities has been published on the TeachersCorner. Be prepared to spend some time reading about "get to know you" and icebreaker ideas, first day lessons, and bulletin board ideas. Printable activities and worksheets included.

There are plenty of websites which offer printable worksheets and lesson activities. Here are just a few of them.

A terrific collection of 80 Back-to-School - First Lesson worksheets is published on BusyTeacher website. The worksheets are aimed at younger kids but you will find many activities suitable also for older students.
Freeology website has a great collection of printables including icebreakers, "get to know you" games, and beginning of the year activities.

Finally, check out this video for little kids which is the right choice for setting the cheerful and dynamic mood in the classroom.


Selga Goldmane said...

Lovely song :) :) :)

Baiba said...

Thanks Selga! A pity I did not write it myself :-)
Hope you can use some more ideas from the links.

Natalie Hunter said...

What a great set of resources, thank you! Unrelatedly, do you accept guest posts for your blog? I would've emailed you but I can't seem to find your contact info. Drop me a line at nataliehntr86 at gmail, thanks!

Baiba said...

Thanks Natalie! You highlighted a problem - I haven't posted my email address here. Will do it asap!
Your idea about a guest post is terrific! Check your email :-)

Ann said...

Hi Baiba,

Just posted a link to this on the TeachingEnglish facebook page if you'd like to check for comments.

Please feel free to post there whenever you have anything you'd like to share.



Baiba said...

Thank you, Ann! Happy you found my collection of links useful!

Brad said...

great collection indeed ! thnx, Baiba

Baiba said...

Thanks for stopping by, Brad!

Sharon said...

I really like Brain Pop, I wish it were free :(

I have to say I usually use the same first day activities. Now I guess I'll have no excuse to not try something new.