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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.

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  • 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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  • Lego Life App

Product: Student Interview, can be done over Zoom…etc

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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“There is a better way to prepare, because great faith has a short shelf life. We could decide to persist in studying the words of Christ in the scriptures and the teachings of living prophets. This is what I will do. I will go back to the Book of Mormon and drink deeply and often. And then I will be grateful for what the prophet’s challenge and promise did to teach me how to gain greater faith and maintain it.”
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Samuel risked it all.⁣

After being kicked out of Zarahemla, he returned to the hard-hearted Nephites, climbed that outer city wall, dodged arrows and stones, and put his life on the line to preach repentance and salvation through Christ.⁣

He prophesied that the Son of God would come to redeem “all those who shall believe on his name.” (Helaman 14:2)⁣
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Believe on His name.⁣

To “believe on His name” is really to believe on His 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴—and there are over 200 of them throughout the scriptures. Christ’s myriad titles perfectly capture who He is and who He can be in our lives if we’ll only believe. ⁣

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When we need an ally and a friend, He is our ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER.⁣

When we yearn for a constant in an ever-changing world, He is ALPHA AND OMEGA.⁣

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What’s in a name?⁣
What’s in 𝘏𝘪𝘴 name?⁣
Everything you and I will ever need.⁣
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What is your favorite title for Jesus Christ?
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“As a prophet reveals the truth it divides the people. The honest in heart heed his words, but the unrighteous either ignore the prophet or fight him. When the prophet points out the sins of the world, the worldly either want to close the mouth of the prophet or else act as if the prophet didn’t exist, rather than repent of their sins. Popularity is never a test of truth. Many a prophet has been killed or cast out. As we come closer to the Lord’s second coming, you can expect that as the people of the world become more wicked, the prophet will be less popular with them”

– President Ezra Taft Benson
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So very much of pure prayer seems to be the process of first discovering, rather than requesting, the will of our Father in heaven and then aligning ourselves therewith. […] When we do conform to His will, God will pour forth special blessings from heaven upon us, as was the case with Nephi, the son of Helaman” (All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience [1979], 93–94). Elder Neal A. Maxwell ...

The Lord loves effort. Even when our effort feels like it is next to nothing, or all we have left, it is something. I think I’m learning that the Lord not only loves effort, but through the enabling power of our Savior Jesus Christ and His Atonement… that effort can be consecrated and become more than what we ever had to give in the first place. Not only that but the Lord blesses us in our efforts. “When we do conform to His will, God will pour forth special blessings from heaven upon us…” I have felt this. In the tiniest ways, I have felt this.
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Think about evidences that the Lord has given you. For example, maybe you haven’t literally heard the Lord’s voice, but have you felt “a whisper” from the Holy Ghost that “did pierce even to the very soul”? (Helaman 5:30; see also Doctrine and Covenants 88:66). Perhaps you’ve been in darkness, cried unto God for greater faith, and been “filled with that joy which is unspeakable” (Helaman 5:40–47).
What other experiences have strengthened your faith in Christ and His gospel?
Helaman 5:29–33: What experiences have we had with recognizing the voice of God in our lives?
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The language in Heleman 5:12 has always really intrigued me. Scriptures like this one can become really relevant by simply noticing a single word. In the case of this scripture that powerful word for me is When.

Do you see it? Did the verse become that much more powerful to you by simply paying attention to that single word?

Notice that the verse doesn’t read, “If the devil shall send forth his mighty winds,” or “If all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you…”. The language instead is when.

Hardships, trials, pain, discomfort, and all-out storms WILL come, no amount of righteous living can prevent them… However, if our foundations are firm, and built upon our Savior Jesus Christ… We will not fall. There is peace in that. There is promise in that. There is POWER in that.
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Guys. I don’t even know where to begin.... Except be on the lookout for this fun little DIGITAL project to be added today!
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🍋Students come up with a One Word Goal for the school year/ first term...
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🍋Students then create a “quilt” piece of their 1 Word, using figurative language and pictures to illustrate.
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“It is not by chance that you have been reserved to come to earth in this last dispensation of the fulness of times. Your birth at this particular time was foreordained in the eternities. You are to be the royal army of the Lord in the last days. You are “youth of the noble birthright.” (Hymns, 1985, no. 255.) In the spiritual battles you are waging, I see you as today’s sons of Helaman. Remember well the Book of Mormon account of Helaman’s two thousand stripling warriors and how the teachings of their mothers gave them strength and faith. These marvelous mothers taught them to put on the whole armor of God, to place their trust in the Lord, and to doubt not. By so doing, not one of these young men was lost. (See Alma 53:10–23; Alma 56:41–56.)”. -President Ezra Taft Benson ...

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