First Day of School Team Building Activity



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Looking for something you can do to break the ice on the first day without having to gather a ton of materials? Worried that students are going to die of boredom if you do one more presentation on procedures and expectations? If you answered yes to either of those questions, this school team-building activity is the answer to your problems!


Using the Whale Band-aid activity, students will be up out of their seats and moving around, communicating with one another (non-verbally!), and problem solving from the very first day.


The premise is simple: break students into groups and then take turns having them stand as a team on top of a regular twin sized bedsheet (bulletin board fabric works too!). The students must flip the fabric over without having anyone step off at any point and without speaking.

Afterward, they’ll complete a quick reflection focused on how teams should best work together.


This activity is sure to get students giggling and will definitely provide a unique answer to the question “What did you do at school today?”


Required materials:

  • 1 old bedsheet or piece of bulletin board fabric


Who is this resource for?

This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9.


How Can I Use this Resource?

  • first day of school introductory lesson
  • meet and greet for small groups or teams
  • middle of the year reflection on best practices for group work
  • brain break activity
  • time filler for a lesson that doesn’t quite take as long as expected


What’s Included?

Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color with answer key. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Doc version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.


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