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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.
Get to know your students by making a classroom giving tree. To introduce this activity, you'll read Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree to your class and discuss its meaning. This is a great icebreaker that ties in children's literature to the fun.
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" 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.
This icebreaker game will help your students (and you) get to know each other better. Give students the fun task of finding classmates who fits the descriptors on the game card. Play a quick version as bingo, or reward students for completing the entire card.
Foster new friendships in your classroom with this icebreaker activity from the Henry and Mudge series. This printable is perfect for back to school – it has a variety of questions to help students learn about their classmates.
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.
Return to school this fall prepared to conquer any questions you or your students might have about the school year. Our resources range from teaching students the school's layout to assessment tips.
Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!
Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.