Back to school is a month or two away, but I’ve got 3 digital ideas that will work in a paperless (or almost paperless) classroom. The best part is, you can use these ideas in your classroom without having to make a single copy! Here are my favorite paperless back-to-school ideas:
I love to do various icebreakers with my students the first few days of school. Icebreakers are the perfect way to get your kids moving around the room while getting to know your class and make new friends! And they really enjoy the social part of getting to know me and their peers through these icebreakers. Here’s a neat spin on an icebreaker you’ve probably seen before!
The first way to play this icebreaker is as a whole group. The teacher will project the ice breaker slides for the class to see. When an ice breaker card is displayed, students find a person who matches that description. The the teacher gives students 1-2 minutes to chat about the description before displaying the next ice breaker card. I always tell my students to find new buddies to partner up with each time. They LOVE playing this as a more of a scoot instead of using recording sheets.
The second way to play is using 1:1 devices such as Chromebooks, tablets, or iPads. The techy kids in your class will love this digital version! It’s easy…just have your students find a classmate that fits the description on the digital recording sheet. Each student they find types their name in the same box using text boxes. I always have them inserted so it’s much easier and quicker for my 3rd graders.
You can grab this icebreaker in my shop by clicking on any of the images above!
Memory books are a great way to create goals with your students, brainstorm classroom rules together, and even reflect on summer break! My spin on the traditional memory book is that it is all PAPERLESS and DIGITAL! Share with your class using Google Classroom™, Google Slides™ or via Microsoft OneDrive™. You can even use these with SeeSaw and PicCollage! I include writing prompts, fun activities for friends, surveys, goal planning, and more. My kids’ favorite part…of course taking a first day selfie!
You can find my digital memory book by clicking the images above!
Interview a Friend:
Another fun activity your students will love is interviewing their classmate! Students pick a classmate to interview and ask them about all their favorites. Then, they create a graphic organizer (Venn Diagram) to compare and contrast their favorites!
You can even have your students take a selfie and add it to the graphic organizer! Just have them use the image tool and select TAKE A SNAPSHOT. It’s a fun and easy way to make getting to know new classmates interactive!
There you have it! My top 3 favorite paperless ideas for back-to-school!