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Establishing Opening and Closing Routines

These opening and closing classroom routines will set a welcoming tone, allow students to connect with one another, and encourage goal setting.




  • English & Language Arts
  • History
  • Social Studies




English — US




Why Establish Classroom Routines?

Classroom routines can be a key component of a brave and reflective classroom community.

Setting aside five to ten minutes at the beginning and/or end of class to welcome students to the learning space, gauge their emotional well-being, and nurture community helps students experience school as a predictable, meaningful, and supportive part of their day. This can be especially valuable when students have experienced significant disruptions to their lives and learning. 

This collection is designed to be flexible. You can use all of the resources or choose a selection best suited to your classroom. It includes:

  • 10 opening routines
  • 5 closing routines

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