I'm Jessica from What I Have Learned, and I'm here to share with you a fun back-to-school activity you can do with your students at any time of the year. I've used it in grades 1-5 and it's a fun community building activity.
It's a puzzle! What kid doesn't love a puzzle, especially one they create! I started out doing puzzles that were shaped like a rectangle, but saw some shaped like kids in a teacher-friend's classroom. I knew we had to change up our boring rectangle puzzles!
I outline all my shapes in black marker, although that step is optional. I tell students that they have to write their name large on it (names are blocked out on the image above) and color it however they want to. Then, I divide students up into the boy / girl teams to assemble the puzzle. Students work together to put all the pieces in place.
Actually putting together each puzzle is a little bit of a challenge for some kiddos. My second graders do fairly well. Last year one group got it and one group didn't.
Sometimes I leave the puzzle unassembled and have it as an early finishers activity. Other times, I put it up for display. Each year is a little different!
So, how are your puzzle building skills?