First Day of School Activities for 6th Grade

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Sixth-graders can be quite uncomfortable on the first day of school, so it's a good idea to take them outside and play games that encourage laughter and interaction. Get sixth-graders to come out of their shell on the first day with advice from an elementary school teacher in this free video on classroom techniques.

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Hi, I'm Katy Hill, I'm a fourth grade middle school teacher, and these are some first day of school activities for sixth grade. In sixth grade, students are at a really awkward stage, they're at that pre-teen adolescence. And their self-esteem you know, can, kind of, be on the rocks. So, I think it's important, on that first day, to make them comfortable with you as a teacher, and also with their peers. One thing that I like to do is, weather permitting, to take them outside. And have them play a game called The Knot. So basically, they stand in a circle and they first hold hands with the person right next to them, to create a good circle. And then, each hand has to reach across and grab the hand of another person. So that basically, and they've created a human knot. And then, without letting go off their hands. They have to put themselves back into a circle, where they're still holding hands at all times. So, through this, there's a lot of laughter, there's a lot of silly movements. And they feel, you know, they kind of get to that point, where they're comfortable with each other. And it helps them to just kind of, loosen up and, and be able to be around their peers. I think, for the rest of the year, I think, it kind of, sets the tone for that.

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