Back to School Activities, Ideas, Lesson Plans, and Printables



Lesson Plans, Printables, and Resources @ A to Z:

Activities for the First Days of School (All ages)
A collection of teacher-tested tips, ideas, and activities for the first week or first day of school.

Back to School Bulletin Board Ideas
A list of ideas for back to school themed bulletin boards and hallway or classroom displays to welcome students.

Back to School Rules (3-5)
Learn the basic classroom rules to have a safe and productive year.

Beginning of the year activity using The Rainbow Fish (1-2)
This is a great getting to know you activity for the beginning of the year!

First Day of School: I’ll Get to Know You (1-4)
To welcome children to school and help them get to know one another.

My Favorite Papers (1-2)
Students fill out papers throughout the year all about themselves.

A to Z’s Back to School Printables (PS-3)
A collection of printables for the first days of school or with a school theme.

All About Me Printable Book (K-2)
A ten-page book for students to record facts about themselves: self portrait, traits, family, favorites, address, phone, birthday, etc.

Name Recognition Activities (PS-K)
Games and activities for getting to know classmates’ names as well as recognizing their own name.

First Week @ Little Giraffes (PS-K)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Kissing Hand, and other back to school activities. Includes photos.

Icebreaker Back to School Activities / Getting Acquainted
Teacher-tested ideas and activities for the first days and weeks of school.

Back to School Ideas and Tips for Parent Communication 
Teacher-tested ideas for working with parents at the start of the school year.

Back to School Student Information Sheet (PDF file) (K-5)
Information/volunteer sheet for parents to fill out at the beginning of the school year.

Substitute Information Sheets (PDF file) (PK-8)
Class information sheet to leave for a substitute teacher and class report to outline how the day went.

Lesson Plans, Printables, and Resources from Other Sites

Back to School First Day Activities (K)
Includes a first day checklist and first day activities.

Back to School @ The Lesson Plans Page (PS-12)
A collection of lesson plans and activities for various levels and topics.

Beginning of the Year Songs and Poems (PS-1)
Starting the year off right with these fun songs about cleaning up, listening, lining up, back-to-school, calendar songs, number poems, color songs, and more!

Back to School Worksheets
A collection of PDF printable back to school activities, puzzles and more.

abcteach Back to School Printables
Tons of printables for back-to-school.

Forms and Checklists (K-5)
Printable parent and bus information form, first day checklist.

Addie’s Wonderful Watermelon Unit (K)
Start off the year with a refreshing back to school unit with a watermelon theme!…

Back to Preschool Activity Theme (PS-K)
Lots of songs and teacher tips that are especially suitable for beginning the school year and when “new” children enter your class.

Back to School Activities
Book list, poems, bulletin board ideas, lots of great ideas and activities. 

Break the Ice (3-12)
Several discussion activities to start of the year…

 Getting to Know You (K)
Find songs, games, activities and book selections at The Teacher’s Room.…

The Kissing Hand (K)
Activities for using The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn on the first day of school.

Truth and Lies Game (K-12)
This is a fun, get-acquainted activity. Used in the beginning of the school year, during a class party, or at the end of the year.

Welcome to School – The Gingerbread Hunt (K)
Use this activity on the first day of school to help put the kinders at ease and to acclimate them to the school environment and personnel.

Back to School Poems & Activities
Color poems, pocket chart activities, other poems and songs for back to school.


Related Themes:  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – The Kissing Hand – All About Me  
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