Creating a Classroom Community
All the resources you need to create a positive atmosphere and foster a sense of belonging among your students.
- 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 a little help from Clifford the Big Red Dog!
A unit on friendship that involves music, crafts, teamwork activities, and identifying shared values and interests
Encourage students to talk about what behaviors, attitudes, and actions they think contribute to a climate of caring in the classroom, and play games that reinforce these values.
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.
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 mini-biographies.
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.
Introduce these dance activities as a fun way for children to get to know their new friends.
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.