A little classroom camaraderie delivers big benefits. But community isn't built in a day. Students need experience working with classmates toward shared goals, trying (and sometimes failing) together, building bonds, and settling conflicts along the way. With these opportunities, students are sure to become invested in class and feel that their voice matters.
Building Classroom Community Lesson Plans
Ready to help your kiddos develop meaningful relationships and connect with their classmates? Try these classroom community-building activities for elementary students.
Spark Classroom Conversations
Here’s a good relationship-building exercise that will help students get to know one another at a deeper level, beyond their likes and dislikes. Display one of the five Discussion Starter cards below. Set a timer for up to five minutes, depending on your students’ age and attention span. Then have students pair up to share their responses to the question on the card. When the timer goes off, display another Discussion Starter, and have students talk it over with new partners. Alternatively, you could display all the cards and allow the student pairs to choose which questions they’re most interested in tackling.
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