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First Week of School Activities that are a Must

Full Blog Post and Activity Descriptions Coming Soon!

Until then, Check out these Distance Learning Activities for the First week of Schoool:

  1. Digital: All About Me: (Perfect & Age Appropriate for Upper Grades 4th – 12th)

Students will share 8 Facts about themselves, insert a picture, animated GIF or even a virtual avatar of themselves. Notice the Boarding pass, here students can share about a dream trip or a favorite trip they have gone on. Students can even insert a QR code that brings their classmates to a website that tells about their vacation spot. The ticket stub is a fun way for students to share about a favorite or dream concert, show, rodeo, event…etc!

This Get to Know you goes BEYOND the basic… What’s your favorite food? What’s your favorite color? and really allows YOU and your older students to get to know one another.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • A completed example
  • A student Template
  • I’ve created and numbered 36 student templates for you if you choose to use this as a collaborative slide. If you need more simply make a copy of the slides!

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2. Digital: Me in A Bag Activity:

Students will insert 3 items “into” their bags and give a brief video explanation or typed explanation behind the significance of each one! This template is so cool because it looks like the items are actually IN the bag. Depending on how you set up the assignment students cans can cover their clues or video and their classmates will interact with the slides and guess who the bag belongs to by guessing through the comments before revealing who created the bag. You can also have students share their bags during a Zoom Call! Share as small groups in a breakout room, or have 2-3 students share their paper bag slides each morning as a morning meeting!

I LOVE how this one turned out!

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • A completed example
  • 4 different student Templates to pick from

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3. Digital: My Life in Pictures

Students will insert 8 pictures plus a profile image and type a brief explanation or think of a relevant hashtag! These templates are so cool because not only are they SO SIMPLE to edit, but they are also BEAUTIFUL and age-appropriate. I’ve included over 10 styles and themes to pick from. Each one fit to a different type of personality. These technically all could be printed, however, I have also included an ink-friendly PRINTABLE version.

You can assign this as a collaborative slide and have students interact and comment with each others. Have students present their pages with a brief explanation in the classroom or over a Zoom Call or Google Meet. Students can even share as a small group in a breakout room during a zoom call, or have 2-3 students share slides each morning as a morning meeting! No matter what type of classroom setting you are teaching in, this activity integrates seamlessly.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • 2 completed examples
  • 10 Different Digital Theme Templates for you or students to pick from
  • 1 Printer Friendly (Still editable through Google) Version

 

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4. Digital: One Word Classroom Collaborative Quilt and Bulletin Board:

This one… like all the others… turned out really COOL. Put on your seatbelt as I try and find the words to accurately describe how cool this little digital activity is! The One Word Collaborative quilt begins with students selecting a One Word Resolution or Goal they would like to focus on for the new term, of the coming school year. Students can select from a list of words, or use a fun Digital word search to decide! Students then complete a word work page to better understand the meaning of their word, and brainstorm scenarios and steps to bringing their word to life.

Once their word has been selected students will pick from 1 of the 4 EASY to use templates to create a digital illustration of their word. Students can also complete the Figurative language page where they explain why they selected the pictures that symbolize their word.

This illustrated “piece” will then become their part of a COLLABORATIVE Class Poster or Quilt as I like to refer to it! The coolest part about this Digital Quilt is that it can be printed off along with the kit I’ve included to create an ACTUAL Bulletin Board for your classroom, OR you can save the Digital Quilt along with my editable templates to create a DIGITAL bulletin board (using the student’s work) that you can insert into your VIRTUAL Classrooms!

 

The templates I’ve created allow students to simply use a place holder for the image meaning they won’t need to worry about croppings or sizing their pictures to fit the slide! SO EASY AND FUN! This product was created in Google Slides and can easily be edited or assigned in Google Classroom or other digital learning platforms.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • Completed examples
  • 4 Different Digital Quilt Piece Templates for you or students to pick from
  • Word List & Digital Word Search for Deciding on the One Word Goal
  • 2 Printable Quilt Piece Templates
  • 24 Editable & Printable Bulletin Board Kit Slides
  • 2 Digital Bulletin Board Templates
  • 5 Different Class Size Quilt Options

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4. Digital: Who’s in My Corner (A Virtual Spin on the Popular 4 Corners Back to School Game)

This one is a lot of fun. I think my favorite part about this activity is that the students are able to create the questions they ask their classmates instead of using a pre-created list. It’s also taken a step further because students can then interact with their classmate’s slides and questions, making this such a fun way to form connections & build classroom community. This activity is perfect for your traditional of virtual classroom!

If using as a traditional Four Corners Get to Know you Game, Students will create a slide with a question of their choice (I’ve included examples to help students brainstorm). You can then project the slides in your classroom and students will move to the corners of the room to show their response.

If using as a strictly digital product, students will create a game piece and an “In My Corner” Slide. Students will use their game piece to show their response to each question by where they place it on the slide! Such a fun way to interact and connect digitally.

You can assign this as a collaborative slide and have students interact and comment with each other. Have students present their slide with a brief explanation of their question and a brief defense of their response. This can be done in the classroom or over a Zoom Call or Google Meet. Students can even meet as a small group in a breakout room during a zoom call with their other classmates that answered the same as they did! No matter what type of classroom setting you are teaching in, this activity integrates seamlessly.

Instead of having students answer and interact with the slides all in one sitting, it’s also a fun idea to use one a day to start your day! Perfect little Morning Meeting Extension.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • 2 completed examples
  • 2 versions for Student Game Pieces
  • Class slides up to 36 students (Let me know if you need more added)

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Activity to Get to Know Everyone & Make Connections

  • Paper Bag
  • Pick a Side
  • Decorating Writer’s Notebook (Explanation and Checklist)
  • Make a Connection (Talk until a connection is formed, add more people to the group)
  • Google Slide All About Me

***REFLECTION PAGE, while they listen, draw a picture, make a connection, rate their participation, respect…etc

 

Activity that Creates Belonging:

Masterpiece activity big scrib could make an additional collaborative tile poster

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Activity that Requires Interaction with Classmates

Coming Soon:

Classmate Scavenger

lego interview writing a biography

designing an avatar for a classmate

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  • http://www.peanutizeme.com/
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  • https://avatarmaker.com/
  • Lego Life App

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Activity that Requires Collaboration & Communication

Stem Activity: Balloon Rockets, Roller Coaster, Spaghetti Tower Marshmallows

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Activity to Review & Reinforce Procedures & Expectations

Coming Soon:

  • Match Up
  • Find Someone Who
  • Quizziz
  • Kahoot
  • Boom Cards
  • Students Create Quick Review Game
  • Escape Room

 

Activity to Get to Know You the Teacher

Quiz to introduce Test Procedures

  • Google Slide Self Correcting for Distance Learning
  • Editable Template, with Matching Slide Answers

 

Activity to Encourage Community

  • Free Puzzle Piece Activity & Classroom Community Poem
  • Service Activity
  • Opposites Attract Activity (Salt and Pepper, Peanut Butter & Jelly)
  • Desert Island Survival
    • Students have to pick 5 items from the room to take with them if they were lost on a desert island and explain why they would take the item at the end everyone votes for their top 5 survival items.

 

Activity that Introduces Grit

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Activity to Encourages Team Work

  • No hand Cup Stacking
  • Back to Back Drawing
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Race
  • Marble Tubes

Group Work Evaluation & Reflection Sheet

 

Activity to Encourage Betterment, and school community and belonging, Helpful Not Helpless

Students come up with service project, or idea to help or lift others in the school. Think nervous first graders, administration, janitorial staff, leaving a place better than how you found it, uplifting chalk quotes, nice notes,

Brainstorm Sheet Coming Soon

 

 

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Oliver Cowdery, who was with the Prophet on this occasion, was filled with awe and wonder, for it was his first experience with a heavenly messenger. He wrote:

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“So, clearly, this was not a quid pro quo in the development of the final Book of Mormon product. It was not tit for tat, this for that—you give me 116 pages of manuscript and I’ll give you 142 pages of printed text. Not so. We got back more than we lost. And it was known from the beginning that it would be so. It was for a wiser purpose. We do not know exactly what we missed in the 116 pages, but we do know that what we received on the small plates was the personal declarations of three great witnesses, three of the great doctrinal voices of the Book of Mormon, testifying that Jesus is the Christ. …

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Fear Not, Little Flock; Do Good. Has been on repeat in my mind since reading Doctrine and Covenants 6. It just felt so... Relevant.
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Love this “Translating” activity from @comefollowmefamily for Come Follow Me this week! Such a fun idea that's perfect for your older kiddos! Head to this week’s blogpost for this and other great FREE ideas to supplement your study! Thanks for sharing your talents and creativity @comefollowmefamily 💛 ...

Fear not; only believe. This is a time to make resolutions that will be binding upon you. This is a season to set standards that will hold you to the right course and make you happy now and in the years that follow. Remember, there is no happiness in wickedness. There is no happiness in sin. There is no happiness in disobedience. There is no happiness in going contrary to the teachings of the Church.

– Gordon B. Hinkley
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I’m so excited to share @savingtalents “Scripture of the Week” These weekly printables make my teacher heart SWELL💛💛💛 this is such great practice for your kinesthetic learners. Each week Tiffany creates both a cursive and print option of the corresponding verse of the week. Head to this week’s Come Follow Me post for links to these and other awesome FREE resources!
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😳 Be right back.... I’m off to read section 4 again, but slower 😬 Anybody else feel the same way after reading this quote?!
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“[Doctrine and Covenants 4] is very short, only seven verses, but it contains sufficient counsel and instruction for a lifetime of study. No one has yet mastered it. {…}Perhaps there is no other revelation in all our scriptures that embodies greater instruction pertaining to the manner of qualification of members of the Church for the service of God, and in such condensed form than this revelation. It is as broad, as high and as deep as eternity.

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Looking for an activity that’s SURE to bring the spirit of Elijah into your heart while you study Doctrine and Covenants Section 2 for #comefollowme this week. I’ve got two @familysearch activities guaranteed to make your heart swell, both take less than 30 seconds, and absolutely no family history know how is required. Trust me, I’m as novice as they come.
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The first activity requires you to upload a picture of yourself, it will then calculate who you look like the most in your family tree! Sarah Mae Eden was a consistent front runner in my results, which sharing the same middle name Mae, felt extra serendipitous.
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Head to this week’s blog post for the second @familysearch activity idea and more details! Comment below who you look the most like, or tag a friend💛
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I was so excited when I saw @angiemaek had released a new song. (Composer of My Own Sacred Grove) I was even MORE excited when I realized it was about Family History, then I was the MOST excited when I realized this week’s Come Follow Me focused on Elijah’s promise to turn their hearts to their fathers 💛
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You see, I’ve been praying, sometimes as a formal prayer, but mostly a plea from the depths of my heart, that Heavenly Father would help me to figure out how to make these weekly posts work. Because genuinely, I WANT to do them. They are good for my soul. However, putting these posts together takes a lot of sacrifice in the sense of time and dedicated thought, which as a mother with 3 young children, and a business on the side, time and dedicated thought are two of my most precious and rare resources....
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Did you catch this week’s free printables and activities for Come Follow Me?! This coloring page of Joseph Smith and Emma, melts my heart.
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Side Note: Who has used @familysearch Famous Relative app? It’s the PERFECT family activity for this week with the focus being on #familyhistory
You may be asking what this little side note has to do with this coloring page... well through the #familysearch I found I’m related to BOTH Joesph and Emma!
Head to this week’s blog post for more information and a link to the activity, then comment below with a famous relative In YOUR family tree!
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Did anyone else see @latterdayfamily suggestion for recreating the first vision using rocks! Such a fun and creative idea💛 She used Canvas, making it a durable piece of art that can be displayed for the year. Absolutely LOVED this idea.
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