Summer School ice-breakers/fun activities

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    Hey all,

    I am going to teach summer school. It lasts about 4 weeks. Although I know some of these kids in passing, I am not teaching my regular grade level. It will be upper-el students.

    What would work for an ice-breaker/me-getting-to-know-them for this age level? They probably already know each other. I am used to lower-el, so I need to know what might work with this age group.

    Also, what sorts of fun activities go over well with 4th/5th/6th graders? Do they still like to color? Do they like read-alouds still? I need to make this fun - for them and me! :)

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    What about science experiments?

    ALKA SELTZER ROCKETS. (you can get empty film canisters from ---one-hour photo ---Wal-mart ---photo shops) This is an outside project. Fuji film canister – the kind where the lid fits inside the canister. The others don’t work.
    1. Optional: Make a cone and tape it to the top of the canister.
    2. Fill the film canister ½ full with warm water.
    3. Put in ¼ tablet of Alka Seltzer – no more
    4. Snap the lid tightly into the canister, turn it over on a hard surface and stand back. The lid is on the hard surface. The sodium bicarbonate will make the canister launch into the air. If you vary the temperature of the water, your rocket will shoot to different heights. The warmer the water, the higher it will go.
    5. This was a fun and educational projects. Students had a blast.
     
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    Thanks, hescollin. Anybody else have any ideas for fun stuff? Math games, etc.?
    School starts tomorrow and I have no curriculum yet, so I need some more fun, edcational games please.
     
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    Glyphs would be fun. turkey at: www.teachers.net/gazette/NOV02/printable.html St. Patrick activity site Bear glyph……. www.teachingheart.net/stpattyday.html http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedF...131/others.html
    http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Fountain/2131/others.html
    http://www.abcteach.com/search.php?q=glyph

    http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printl...s/MPS0206.html

    http://teachers.net/gazette/NOV02/printable.html


    Have a paper snowball fight. Everybody take a piece of paper and write three things about themselves. Then wade up the paper and have a snowball paper fight. At the end of one or two minutes have them stop with one snowball in their hand and they read and guess who that person is.
     

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