Creating a Classroom Community
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
A successful classroom community promotes positive social skills and academic achievement. Children learn best when they feel they are part of a community, where everyone feels accepted and where individuality is encouraged. Creating a classroom community requires planning and practice. Foster a sense of belonging where children learn how to participate in class meetings, work collaboratively, and resolve conflicts peacefully with some of these resources.
Encourage awareness of good manners through literature and creative expression with this lesson plan.
Presents a unit on friendship that involves music, crafts, teamwork activities, and identifying shared values and interests.
Younger and older students are paired to work on team projects and play games.
Third grade teacher Marissa Ochoa explains how she gets students excited, settled, and motivated for the new school year ahead.
Presents a fun getting-to-know-you classroom activity, where students make their own books out of supplied paper shapes and strips of pre-typed text.
Students get to know themselves and their classmates by filling in the blanks to create a mini-biography.
Take a tropical approach to the start of the school year as students learn about our 50th state, get to know each other, and establish classroom expectations.
An activity plan for teachers of four and five year olds to do with their students.
Use this lesson to teach your students the value of friendship and community. Discuss friendship and introduce students to the community around them with walks and mapping and modeling projects.