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This is an indispensable book, for novice and experienced teachers, for teachers of young learners or adults, or in the ESL or EFL context.—Scott Thornbury

With solid pedagogical explanations for the exercises rendered in these pages, Burns offers a worthy professional tool for fellow teachersKirkus Reviews

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Don’t Break the Ice. Build Community.

Walton Burns, author of 50 Activities for the First Day of School, returns with a collection of flexible community-building exercises for the classroom.

Students thrive in classrooms where they feel safe, welcome, and supported. Building a sense of community and teamwork is an effective means of facilitating student success. Burns skillfully blends community-building activities with real classroom content, providing students with opportunities to practice language skills while acclimatizing to the classroom. While intended primarily for language arts and English as a Second Language classrooms, Burns’s activities readily adapt to a range of disciplines and age groups.

Beginning with a section on setting classroom and instructor expectations, Burns moves on to team-building exercises focused on lesson content. His section on getting-to-know-you activities is designed to foster a sense of belonging, while the five get-to-know-your-teacher exercises introduce you to your students in a fun, relaxed manner.

Supported by information on material requirements, time limits, and resources, Classroom Community Builders provides handouts and worksheets, available both within the book and online, offering new ideas to experienced and novice instructors alike.

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Additional information

Weight 9.5 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 × .475 in



978-0-9977628-7-7, 9780997762860

Publication Date

15 August 2017




170 pages




Here are some free Classroom Community Builder Activities. These are free downloadable and printable worksheets and other resources you can use with the activities in our book, Classroom Community Builders by Walton Burns. These activities build rapport among students while also doing meaningful and fun tasks. Good classroom community builder activities bring a class together and create a classroom atmosphere of hard work and mutual respect.

Here you’ll find some old favorites as well as newer activities to bond the class, as well as icebreakers and activities to help students learn the rules and expectations of the classroom. The book, Classroom Community Builders, contains complete directions on how to use the resources below, and ideas for many more activities!

Activities to Set the Tone

Classroom Community Builder Tasks

Getting to Know You Activities