Break students into groups of five and provide them with 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. Their objective? Build the tallest structure that can support a marshmallow on top within a designated time limit. After finishing, discuss with the class what worked and what didn’t work. To bring the year full circle, repeat this challenge on the last day of class — and see if they can beat their previous designs!
The first day back can be tough — after all, who wants summer to end? Icebreakers are a great way to get your students to open up on the first day, but tying those first day of school activities with things they’ll be learning over the next few months will get everyone in the right mindset to learn.
Still trying to get yourself in the right mindset for the first day of school? Check out some questions every teacher should ask themselves before school starts here.