Building a classroom community is very important and is an indicator of success. Icebreakers and other activities are important to implement during the first days of a new school year. It is important for all students to feel welcome and a part of their small community which actually a part of an even bigger one. Feeling comfortable will help create resilient learners that have confidence in sharing their ideas without fear of being judged.
Three fantastic icebreakers that get kids talking and start building relationships from the first day of school!
Fun and Engaging Listening Games for Adults
Listening - Even though this says "listening game for adults", I think it would be great for the elementary classroom as well. It gives students the opportunity to strengthen listening skills as well as cooperation skills, plus it would be fun!
8 Amusing Indoor Games That Help in Effective Team Building
Who am I Harry potter Does he wear glasses? Yes ~ http://www.buzzle.com/articles/indoor-games-for-team-building.html
Sparking Student Motivation: Back to School Activities to Keep Students Engaged - Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans
The Compliments Project
Learn about a project one teacher did with her students to build trust and create stronger bonds between students. Includes a video you will never forget.
Classroom Community Building: have students create lists of their own character traits and who they are and then turn them into portraits for parent night!