Try this fresh get to know you activity for back to school, called "Who's In Your Circles?" Gets students up and moving to find out common interests they share with each other. Great way to work on those social skills as well.
This is a wildly popular first day of school activity. It has been downloaded over 20,000 times. It was so popular at my middle school last year that teachers did this activity with their students on the second day of school because of the number of student requests.
This would be a very fun activity the first week of school! Teacher says a statement (ex. Switch sides if you like hot dogs more than pizza.) and the students either stay or move. The kids could also talk about why they did/didn't move. Fun back to school ice breaker!
6 Questions to ask your students on day one. Tools for getting off to a positive start on the first day of school.