Anyone heading back to school soon? Although I still have 6 weeks until I’m back, I have a hard time really resting each summer until I’ve squared away the first week back. Once I have a rough outline of what I’m going to do and teach those first few days. I’m hopping on today to share a handful of the resources I’ve created in the past that were designed especially for the first week of school. I’ve used them all in my classroom and plan to start the year with them again!
Back to School Workbook (with a twist!)
This little booklet is my absolute favorite resource for the beginning of school. Although it’s filled with puzzles, games, quizzes and writing activities… they are all designed to help teachers assess basic student skills, learning styles and preferences. I use the information gathered to plan out my next few weeks of lessons, review, and our yearly group projects!
All About Me Spinning Craftivity (FREE)
Learn a little bit more about your students with a cute craftivity. (Grab it here!) We brainstorm together on the planning pages and then create cute spinners that let students share about themselves. Best of all, this one is totally free!
Back to School Flipbooks
After the All About Me Craftivity, my students transition into more writing-based work. I have used these flipbooks in First-Fourth grade. They help students to reflect on their summer and transition into the year ahead. I like to use them as a quick gauge of students’ ability to work independently and see what their writing abilities and needs are.
‘We Fit Together’ Bulletin Board
Once my class is settled (there’s always a few days of shuffling students in my district) I start on lessons and activities that build classroom community. The whole year runs better when the students in my class learn to respect each other’s differences and work together as a big family. One of my favorite bulletin boards is this one! Students each create a puzzle piece and then we fit them together to make one diverse puzzle bulletin board!