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The Ultimate Back to School Guide

By Ditch That Textbook


Contents

Click on any page title to go to that page. Images and text boxes are interactive so be sure to click around!

First Week Activities

Games

Tech Tool Refreshers

Back to School Read Alouds

More First Week Activities

Building

Community

Back to School Templates

Ice Breakers

ICEBREAKERS

https://www.peardeck.com/pear-deck-blog/canva-templates-first-day-icebreakers


Get this Classmate BINGO template from Canva.

Get this Rainbow Roll and Tell printable icebreaker worksheet from Canva.


Get this D-ICE Breaker Printable Worksheet from Canva.

Note: This is a Pro template. Educators can get Canva pro for FREE at

https://www.canva.com/help/about-canva-for-education

Get this Blue White and Beige School Supplies Ice Breaker Class Activity Would You Rather from Canva.

Games

Take your class on an interactive scavenger hunt.

Using Flippity's scavenger hunt template and easy to follow instructions you can create your own customized interactive scavenger hunt.

Try out this demo to see what your scavenger hunt could look like.

Mission School Blackout Jr.


A fun and easy back to school escape room for grades 3+. Created with Genially.

Mission School Blackout
A more difficult back to school escape room for older students or adults. A series of rooms and puzzles that must be completed in order. Created with Genially.

Create your own customized class word search or scramble.

With Flippity's "skip the spreadsheet" option you can input your class roster into their site and create some fun customized games for your class. Here's how:

1. Go to Flippity.net

2. Click on the tab that says "skip the spreadsheet"

3. Delete the list of countries

4. Paste your class roster (separate each name with a comma or line breaks)

5. Click on the activity you want to generate

Try a fun (and EASY) writing activity

Have some extra time on your hands? Want a good bell ringer activity to get those creative juices flowing? Using Flippity's randomizer template and easy to follow instructions (option 2) you can create your own customized writing prompt generator.


Play back to school BINGO

Give your students a challenge between your video calls with a BINGO style choice board. Encourage students to try as many activities as they can.

Back to School BINGO board created by Lisa Guardino

Warm up with Connect 4

Have some fun those first couple of weeks with connect 4.

Complete 4 or more of the squares to connect 4!


Connect Four Warm Up created by Rachel Marker


First WEek

Activities

Back to School with Kahoot!

https://kahoot.com/blog/2017/08/10/simple-kahoot-ideas-break-back-to-school-ice/





Welcome!

First WEek

Activities

All About Me

Get to know each other AND Flipgrid with an "All about me!" topic

Use this Topic as an introduction activity, a get-to-know-you icebreaker plus it's an opportunity to have students explore all the Features within Flipgrid!

Flipgrid "All About Me!" disco library topic

Also check out Flipgrid for ALL! 50+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Design a poster all about you!

This ready-to-use lesson from Google Applied Digital Skills walks students step-by-step through introducing themselves to their classmates by creating a poster you can print (or "hang up" digitally) with Google Drawings.

Get the "Design a Poster About You" lesson from Google Applied Digital Skills

Get this All About Me Blocks worksheet from Canva.

Get this All About Me worksheet from Canva.

Note: This is a Pro template. Educators can get Canva pro for FREE at

https://www.canva.com/help/about-canva-for-education/


Get this Colorful School All About Me Student Poster from Canva.

Note: This is a Pro template. Educators can get Canva pro for FREE at

https://www.canva.com/help/about-canva-for-educationon/

Get this Green White Modern Board Introduction All About Me Poster from Canva.

Note: This is a Pro template. Educators can get Canva pro for FREE at

https://www.canva.com/help/about-canva-for-education/

Introduce Google Drawings with Shapegrams

Learn and practice Google Drawings skills with interactive tutorials from Tony Vincent. The first 4 shapegrams are FREE to download and use with your students. Thirty-five dollars gets you 365 days of membership privileges, which includes access to all Shapegrams and a license to distribute them to students. Two new Shapegrams are added per month (August through May).

Learn more about Shapegrams

Get Shapegrams

A4: My students will be creating identity silhouettes in our journey of exploring mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors in ELA & SS. #Ditchbook https://t.co/Ga093ljCxY pic.twitter.com/EtqH9EAq4I

— Chanmi Chun (@mrschun) August 14, 2020



Create a Google Classroom banner quilt

Give each student a square blank Google Drawing and have them decorate it. Download each square and put them together to make a "quilt" or collage Google Classroom banner. Alternatively you can have each student add their name to a collaborative Google Drawing Classroom banner by making the file "anyone with link can edit" and asking students to add their name using word art. Don't forget to revisit this activity when any new students join your class.

Have fun with this finish the doodle Jamboard template

Use this fun template from SlidesMania and see all of the different ways your students create art from a simple doodle!

Get the template created by Paula Martinez

100 MORE Jamboard templates? Yes, please!

Get that and more in the Do MORE with Google Jamboard online course!

Enroll today for access to:

- 100 Jamboard templates ebook
- 40 activity ideas to use tomorrow
- Tutorial videos, infographics, and slides
- Video playlists, posts, and extra resources



TECH TOOL REFRESHERS

Google Docs

Scavenger Hunt

Chromebook Care Presentation

Get Back to School with G Suite

G Suite Refresher

HyperDoc

A2- I created a hyperdoc for my students as a refresher for @gsuite. It will allow me to be freed up to continue building relationships. #ditchbook https://t.co/Kqli3jx4hh

— Matt Meyer (@54Mr_Meyer) August 9, 2019

A3: I modified a Doc Scavenger hunt based on a template from @catlin_tucker Here is my link. I really like how it covers so many of the basic features so quickly & Ss jump right in & get started. https://t.co/x4lPIPcxN3
#ditchbook

— Vicki (@33heupel) August 9, 2019

A2.a We show this Chromebook care presentation in every class before we get started with our devices. https://t.co/sFHF3J5hsX And we play and accompanying @GetKahoot! https://t.co/DsQHMbfR06 #ditchbook pic.twitter.com/4f2mZHS04A

— Karly Moura (@KarlyMoura) August 9, 2019

Back to School with G Suite: 6 Online Activities https://t.co/3994GyD4bV #gttribe #SUL #DitchBook #edtech

— Google Teacher Podcast (@GTeacherPodcast) August 4, 2020



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building
COMMUNITY

All Are Welcome, a book by Alexandra Penfold, follows a group of children through a day in their school. In this school everyone is welcomed and accepted with open arms. Use this All are welcome HyperDoc by Lisa Guardino and Carla Dunavan to create an opportunity for your students to read (or listen), respond, and reflect to the story within your online learning community. Remember to choose "file" then "make a copy" to edit and replace the links for your own class.

All Are Welcome - Read Aloud Picture Book from Brightly Storytime

All Are Welcome, a book by Alexandra Penfold, follows a group of children through a day in their school. In this school everyone is welcomed and accepted with open arms. Use this All are welcome HyperDoc by Lisa Guardino and Carla Dunavan to create an opportunity for your students to read (or listen), respond, and reflect to the story within your online learning community. Remember to choose "file" then "make a copy" to edit and replace the links for your own class.

All Are Welcome - Read Aloud Picture Book from Brightly Storytime

Start the year off by having students share their hopes and dreams. This HyperDoc is a great one to share at the beginning of the year then go back at the end of the year and read what you wrote!

Hopes and Dreams HyperDoc created by Rachel Marker and Karly Moura

Use this HyperDoc to build community in your classroom! It creates a space for each student to share about themselves asynchronously.

This is us HyperDoc created by Nicole Beardsley

Marilyn McAlister has compiled some great classroom community ideas this summer from amazing educators Mari Venturino, Sean Gaillard, Meredith Akers, Isabel Adame, Stephanie Rothstein and

Emma Pass.

Check out this Building Classroom Community collection of ideas.

Use the Pear Deck add-on for Google Slides or add-in PowerPoint to check-in on your students before, during, and after any presentation. Pear Deck even has a classroom climate feature that allows you to gather feedback on how your students are feeling.

Click here to get a "Check in with Students" lesson that you can copy and add to your Google Drive

These customizable check-in templates from Canva address these emotions and provides some ways to handle them. Check out the different SEL presentation templates and customize them for your class.

This lesson uses the book "Chrysanthemum" to encourage students to share about their unique qualities and what makes them special.

What makes you unique? Flipgrid Disco Library topic

READ ALOUDS







Pear Deck Back
to School Templates

Back to School Slide Planning Template

Canva Google Classroom Header Templates

Back to School Templates from Microsoft

Canva Back to School Worksheet Templates

Canva Back to School Presentation Templates

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templates

A simple planning template can be helpful when sifting through resources. Just drag and drop the activities to a time slot on the planner. Make a copy of an activity you want to do more than once or if you want to give students multiple days to work on it.

This planning template was created using the Google Slides sticky note brainstorming template and has a link to 16 of the activities listed in this post. There are 8 more blank notes to add your own activities or add more of the activities you'll find in here. Of course once you make a copy of the presentation you can edit any of the activities to swap out or change the ones that don't work for you or your class.

Note: The links to the activities take you back to our Back to School blog post so that you can grab the resources you need to assign to your class.

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