School Start 7-9

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5 Challenges to Your Best School Year Ever Read this before your first lesson to make the whole year a success


Welcome to a New School Year (4:27) Video clip with powerful messages to live up to
Back to School Expectations Vs. Reality! (4:54) A funny vlog by a high-schooler to show what to expect of the school year
EMINEM GOES BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL (6:06) Eminem tells about his years at school
Kid President’s Pep Talk (3:54) Motivational video for students and teachers alike


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Parody of the Christmas song
Back to School Welcome and Motivation Song. Here are the lyrics to this song.
Arthur theme song performed by Ziggy Marley Find the lyrics below this video: Arthur theme song lyrics

If we dance together, we can live together Worldwide dance video to CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! by Justin Timberlake

Getting to Know

Web of Names Learn the names while tossing a boll of thread. Another game is The Toilet Paper Game, where you may want a limit of 1-10 instead of 50.
Get to Know You Questions! A questionnaire to use in pair- or group discussions.
Find someone in our class Have the students walk around talking English and then discuss each question: “Who found somebody who…?” You may want to take the idea and compile your own questions.
Getting to Know You Worksheet Similar to “Find someone in our class” with different questions
Listening to Students Learn to know your students by asking these questions
8 Back-to-school classroom activities This infographic has more get-to-know activities for a new class or a new teacher
10 Getting to Know You Activities for Teens More ideas to those who wish to explore
More icebreaker games here
A1 Personal Information in English (15 Teen Beginners)


Switch Sides if… A game to show we are both alike and different, similar to the one in “Freedom Writers’ Diary”
3 Question Activities to Connect with Students; for pairs, groups and whole-class discussions.
This is Me A song to start telling about yourself (yr 7)
This is Me 7-8 A worksheet to fill in and talk about.
What I am!  Song by Will.I.Am with lyrics (yr 7-8)
I Am What I Am  A Song by Gloria Gaynor with lyrics (yr 8-9)
I am Special, So Are You Watch this clip (2:21) and write a description about yourself that could not be anybody else.
I am an expert Invite students to show their expertise

Learning to Learn

You Can Learn Anything A 1.5-min pep-talk for your students to start believing in themselves.
The Power of Yet Sesame Street song about Growth Mindset
Why do you study English 8-9 (See Elementary for year 7) A questionnaire for students to reflect and discuss on.
The World’s English Mania  (4:32) There is a whole lesson plan to this TEDEd Talk.
Growth Mindset (3:25) An animation explaining the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset
Multitasking (3:41) Show this to students who wish to use their mobiles in class
Are You a Good Language Learner? A quiz and discussion questions.
The key to success? Grit (6:12) Angela Duckworth explains how grit can help your studies. Grit Test 12-Item Grit Scale, a questionnaire to determine your level of grit (yr 8-9)
Grading Criteria Discuss the grading criteria with this simplified picture.
My goals 7-8 / My goals 8-9 Reflection questions for the student to answer, sign and hand in. The teacher may wish to comment and return.


100 Prompts for Writing About Yourself New ideas for the old task
Future Me Write a letter to yourself on the last day of school. Describe how happy you are for all your achievements. If you have 1:1, use for this task
(Year 8-9, New Students) Write a story about yourself and your friend “English”
Title: Me and My Friend English / English and Me / English and I
Write about: How did you learn it? Where do you use it? How do you want to learn it? What other languages do you know?


First Day of School Listen to a podcast interview (2:45) and make your own (yr 8-9)
What do I Know About? Board Game to play with dice

More Ideas

10 Team-Building Games For The First Day Of Class
School Start Activities and Projects A great list of activities for the first week/s of the term


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