Are you ready to start your new semester with a bang? These back to school activities for ELA build collaboration, critical thinking, and classroom community.
Students get to know your classroom, share about themselves, and interview peers. (optimized for grades 7-10).
What teachers like you are saying about these back to school activities:
Your reading response task cards resource include:
⭐ Back to School Escape Room (paper + digital) – 45-60 minutes
Students work in teams to learn about your classroom, read your syllabus, and get to know the supplies and technology they’ll need.
⭐ Peer Interview Project (paper + digital) – 2 45-minute classes
Students create questions to interview a peer, conduct the interview, and present what they’ve learned.
⭐ Personal Shield Project (paper + digital) – 45-60 minutes
Students create a shield to represent themselves and write an analysis of the symbols they use. (Presentations in small groups or whole-class could make this two class periods)
⭐ Round Robin Creative Writing (paper + digital) – 45-60 minutes
Students write very short stories as a team, passing around a paper to continue the story. (Possibility to extend by sharing or revising)
⭐ Asset-Based Profile (paper only) – 45-60 minutes
Students analyze the soft skills demonstrated by three gamers in a fictional story. Then, they reflect on their own soft skills and complete a word cloud illustration.
⭐ Planning Tool: Inclusive Short Stories
This curated list will help you choose contemporary, inclusive short stories to share this school year. This growing list includes summaries, potential discussion questions, and standards alignment.
⭐️⭐ BONUS: Free Week of Collaborative Team Trivia Bell Ringers
⭐️⭐ BONUS: Free Week of 5-Minute Journal Prompts