||Getting students to feel at ease in a new classroom usually takes a bit of time and work. The icebreakers below can be adapted to different age groups and curriculum areas; they'll help your students get to know each other and you! Develop classroom community with our icebreaker games and interview activities -- perfect for new teachers and back to school. These resources encourage friendships and will help students and teachers learn names.
Acquaint Your Class
- Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
Enjoy icebreakers that will help students get to know each other, assist you with learning names and personalities, and facilitate cooperation and understanding in the classroom. These are great activities for back to school!
- Icebreakers Printable Book (K-8)
"Icebreakers" will help you promote a well-balanced, caring environment, while helping your students get to know each other. This printable book will help you create a foundation of understanding and respect in the classroom.
- "Getting to Know You" Interview Sheet
Use this interview sheet as an icebreaker to help your students get to know their classmates, and to encourage everyone to get along. You can use this activity with the Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series.
Icebreakers for Substitute Teachers
- New Teacher Resources
Discover everything a beginning teacher will need for a successful school year, from tips for your first day, to classroom-management advice, to printables and lesson plans that will support your curriculum all year long.
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The end of the school year is quickly approaching! Celebrate with fun activities, then prepare yourself and your students with report card advice, summer reading guides, summer math, and more.
Common Core Lessons & Resources
Is your school district adopting the Common Core? Work these new standards into your curriculum with our reading, writing, speaking, social studies, and math lessons and activities. Each piece of content incorporates the Common Core State Standards into the activity or lesson.
Top 10 Galleries
Explore our most popular Top 10 galleries, from Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom and Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips from Veteran Teachers to Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students and Top 10 Things Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom. We'll help you get organized and prepared for every classroom situation, holiday, and more! Check out all of our galleries today.
June Calendar of Events
June is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Summer Begins (6/21), Helen Keller's Birthday (6/27/1880), World War I Began (6/28/1914), and Meteor Day (6/30). Plus, celebrate Child Vision Awareness Month, National Rivers Month, and National Safety Month all June long!
Causes We Support: We Give Books
Visit We Give Books, an ever-growing, free online library of children's picture books! For every book read on the site, a brand-new book will be donated to a children's literacy campaign of your choosing. Read aloud to students or encourage them read independently, and you'll teach them to help others at the same time. Giving is as simple as reading!