Getting to Know You ... another fabulous idea that you can add to your teacher toolbox to be ready for the first week of school.     

I am all about building community and making our classroom  a "school family" where we can feel safe, learn about each other, take care of each other and do our best together as a "family". 

The classroom is a place where we can solve problems, feel comfortable and make our environment one in which all students have the opportunity to learn, grow and do their best!
So this activity is just what you need to promote classroom community! 

BUT...before we dive into this Back to School activity, it is important to understand 


1. Establishing Trust and Comfort:

Building a classroom community from day one helps create a safe and comfortable environment where students feel valued and respected. This trust is crucial for fostering open communication, collaboration, and a positive learning atmosphere throughout the school year.

2. Promoting Engagement and Participation:

When students feel connected to their peers and teacher, they are more likely to actively participate in classroom activities, discussions, and projects. A strong classroom community encourages students to share ideas, ask questions, and take risks, leading to deeper learning experiences.

3. Supporting Social and Emotional Development:

Classroom communities provide opportunities for students to develop important social and emotional skills such as empathy, teamwork, and conflict resolution. By promoting a sense of belonging and inclusivity, educators can help students build healthy relationships and navigate various social situations effectively.

With that being said, this back to school ready to use printable activity can be used the first day of school, first week, as a getting to know you activity or as an anytime activity. 

It also includes a first day activity of “Find Someone Who…” to get your students up and and moving around to meet other classmates. Here is what is included in this packet:A first day getting to know you activity sheets for students to find other students with various attributes. 

This activity is perfret for the first day or week to "BREAK THE ICE" and get students up and moving in a safe and non threatening way!

  • An I LIKE and I can sheet to fill in and see how you and a partner are alike and different.

  • Differentiated sheets to use to meet student needs in writing. 

  • Frames for students to draw self portraits.

  • Directions for use and put it all together and it makes a great Back to School Night display or bulletin board idea

I think it would be safe to say that this Back to School activity is a mini unit for you and your students to get to know each other!

Ideas to extend this activity:

🍎 Have students bring in their favorite book to share with a partner or small group.
🍎 Have students create a ME Bag  
🍎  Have students meet with a partner and share a few things about themselves. After a few minutes, ring a bell and students switch partners. The best way to organize this is to have an inner and outer circle and when the bell rings, the inner circle moves to their right or left while the outer circle does not move. You can use visual directions with hand movements if students don't know which way is left or right or have students wear a rubber band on the right wrist, 
🍎 Have students work with partners and create a partner drawing.
🍎 Have students write an ACROSTIC poem about their partners using their likes and what they can do from the sheets they have filled out.  

These are just a few ideas to extent this activity...I am super positive that YOU have already thought of a few to add to this list! PLEASE SHARAE YOUR IDEAS IN THe COMMENTS!


Earth Day: A Special Time to Remember to Take Care of the EARTH

We dedicate this day to raise awareness and promote environmental protection. 


AND...IT IS SO important to teach our students and the next generation how to care for our earth and the importance of taking care of the land. 

Which is why this blog post on SIX Fun Earth Day Activities for Children was created so our future generations can continue to take care of the world 

Three Printable Earth Day Activities 

We all know Earth Day is important but sometimes the prep work for it all is too much for us already. So we created this fun Earth Day pack of printable activities to make teaching and learning fun and take the pressure off of you to prep everything. 

 🌎 Earth Day Craft and Bulletin Board: 

Everyone wants to be a Superhero! 

Ignite those imaginations and encourage those young minds to imagine if they were a superhero and could save the Earth. This Earth Day Superhero fun craft and writing frames are great to share after reading a story about Earth Day or any story that encourages positive practices to keep the earth safe and to GO GREEN! 

The Earth Day Writing Frames are versatile and can be differentiated in that you can pick and choose various writing frames to fit different learners. 

Be a Superhero and Save the Earth combines Writing and Science. For more information click here. 

🌎 Printable Writing Craft and Crown 

If you are looking for comprehensive differentiated Earth Day Activities that align with curriculum goals check out this fifty-nine page resource packed with everything you need to have fun on Earth Day or maybe it might turn into Earth Week.

These resources have been used with Kindergarten through 2nd grade. To snag this writing project click here. 

🌎 Printable Earth Day Math Games   


This fun and motivating addition and subtraction Earth Day themed roll and cover die or dice games are ready to print, laminate and use.

If your first and second graders are like mine, then they love to play games! When a game teaches fact fluency it is even better. Your students will be learning while they have fun playing a game with their classmates. Snag this here today!

🌎 3 Fun Earth Day Activities for Children 

Not only do we use printables to teach our students how to take care of the world we also complete these fun Earth Day activities too. 

🌎 Recycled Art Projects

Each student brings a variety of stuff from home that they would normally throw away. 

We ask them to bring at least 10 different items into the room instead of throwing it away so that they can share supplies with other students. We also save objects fro our classroom and cafeteria (of course we clean them up before adding them to our recycled collection).

They bring in plastic water bottles, milk jugs, cereal boxes, etc and use those to create something beautiful by upcycling. 

Personally, this is one of my favorites because students get to use their own creativity, devise a plan, and get in front of the class and share their idea. 

I have seen kids turn their recyclables into plant holders, book boxes, and more. 

The possibilities are endless. Recycled projects are fun Earth Day activities for children because they get to be so creative and it works with all grade levels.

🌎 Community Clean-up  

It is important for students to take care of the world and one way to do that is a community or school wide clean up. 

Our classes go out at different times of the day and pick up trash to make the world better. 

We also talk about what we find and how long it takes to decompose naturally. Some of the stats will shock you

🌎 Energy Efficiency

Not only do we learn about how to take care of the world by recycling, reusing, and cleaning it up but we also talk about natural resources and conserving energy. 

For example, turning the water off while brushing teeth is a great lesson for students to learn to save water. Also, turning off the lights when the leave a room is also a great lesson for conserving energy too. 

Not only is it good for the world but also their parents will thank you for talking about this with kids too. 

These ideas and more are included in this Earth Day BUNDLE  

Recycling and upcycling household items, cleaning up the environment, and these fun printable crafts and activities are great ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids. These fun Earth Day activities for children will have a great impact on the world in the future and can make all the difference.