Build Community with These First-Day-of-School Icebreakers for All Grades

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Bts Icebreakers

This school year, more than ever, building a sense of community in the classroom is essential to restore a sense of camaraderie among students as they return to the classroom, in some cases for the first time since spring 2020. Try these first-day-of-school icebreakers so you can get to know your students better—and as a way to help them introduce themselves to one another.

2021 Back-to-School Icebreakers

Below is a compilation of activities to try on the first day of class for elementary, middle, and high school. Building relationships is a cornerstone of social and emotional learning and can help your students regain some sense of normalcy in the 2021–2022 school year.


View more back-to-school articles and resources for educators on Shaped to start the 2021–2022 school year off right.

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