School Supply Shuffle Lesson Plan
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School Supply Shuffle Lesson Plan

This getting to know you game will help your students get to know one another in no time while helping out the community at the same time!
Uses Recycled Items: No
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 Elmer’s 5-oz. Clear School Glue, small

Elmer’s 5-oz. Clear School Glue


Material List

  • Miscellaneous school supplies donation from each child

Project Instructions

Grades: 2-6

Lesson Duration: 1 Day
Subjects: Speaking and Listening


  • Miscellaneous school supplies donation from each child

Used in this lesson:

  • 5 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
  • 5 Rulers
  • 5 Boxes of Crayons
  • 5 Erasers

In your back to school letter, suggest that each child bring one additional glue stick, pack of crayons, ruler or eraser to use for a game to be played on the first day of school. Note that each of these items will then be donated to a local organization in your community, or consider a larger donation drive such as the Kids In Need Foundation. Make contact with a local organization who can get the donated supplies into the hands of students who need them.

1. School Supply Shuffle
This “get to know you” game is played in rounds. For each round each student must introduce himself to his new partner(s). No group in each round should have more than four (or the number you determine) people in it, so if a group is full, students should keep looking to find an open group. Every time the teacher says “next round” each child should find a new group and if the groups are even, should be the only group member with his/her type of school supply in that group. If groups are uneven, let children know ahead of time that there will be more of a certain kind of supply in one group every round. To make the groups smaller, use more than four types of school supplies.

Using the donated school supplies and depending on the number of students in your class divide the supplies out evenly. For a class of 20 for example, give 5 students each a glue stick, 5 students an eraser, 5 students a ruler and 5 students a box of crayons. Ask each group of stand in a different corner or area of the room. So crayons are in one area, glue sticks in another and so on. Begin game with Round 1 question. When you are ready to move on to the next round question, say “next round” and every child will find a new group. Rotate through as many rounds as you like so students can get to know one another better.

  • Round 1 Question: Do you have any brother’s or sisters? If so, tell how many and their names.
  • Round 2 Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell one thing about one of your pets.
  • Round 3 Question: When is your birthday and how old will you be?
  • Round 4 Question: What activities do you enjoy outside of school?
  • Round 5 Question: What do you want to be when your grow up?

Wrap It Up

Students will enjoy filling up a small box with donated school supplies! Involve them in filling out the shipping labels and decorating the box.
Snap some photos of students playing the game and/or filling the box to post in your room or include in your classroom newsletter.