Great example of an open group desk arrangement. Student desks are in groups, but all face the smart/white/chalk board. This arrangement facilities a great environment for establishing good student-student relationships.
Help Wanted bulletin board. Pockets with classroom job descriptions. Write student names on craft sticks and place them in appropriate pocket. Fun and easy way to switch up student jobs throughout the year.
Roll Out the Marble Game. Need cardboard tubes & a marble. Form a line & pass the marble. After the marble leaves your tube, move to the end of the line. If you drop the marble, you're out. For large groups, make teams. pre-meeting activity or group game
Game: Elephant - The object is to knock over the cups as quickly as possible using only the ball slid into the foot of the tights/hose that are worn over the head. Could be a race, or simply a entertainment value game.