Back-to-school ideas for elementary and middle-level classrooms

Kick-start the new academic year and welcome your new classes with this hand-picked collection of resources for elementary and middle school students

Erica Magnusson

A Group Of Excited Elementary & Middle School Children In Front Of A Blackboard

Welcome your new students, help them settle in and establish classroom rules with these time-saving resources

Whether you’re a 20-year veteran or a first year teacher, we know that you're currently in the middle of planning, prepping and organizing a million things to make sure your classroom is ready. That's why we've done some of the hard work for you by selecting a handful of back-to-school activities to ensure your students and their families are excited for the year ahead.

Open house activities   

Preparation is key as your set the expectations for the year and spend time meeting your new students and their families. This ready-to-print pack of forms is ideal for gathering contact and volunteer information from the parents, while important information can be shared using this fully editable presentation template.

Filling your bulletin board with the posters, birthday graphs and other creations within this all-about-me activity pack can quickly help your students feel more at home. Plus, stay organized and build excitement for upcoming events with this printer-friendly 2017-2018 school calendar.

 

Back to School Powerpoint
kisforkinderrific

Back to School Powerpoint

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Having a 'back to school night' or an 'open house' for parents? This is a Powerpoint presentation / template so you will be able to rearrange the slide order to suit your needs. You will also be able to delete any slides that you don't want in the presentation. Here are the slides that are...
Back to School Read All About Me
PracticeMakesPerfect1286

Back to School Read All About Me

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This beginning of the year resource includes a bulletin board header and All About Me Poster. In addition, there are several back-to-school expansion activities, including mini-me dolls to make and display with the back-to-school posters, and follow-up math and language arts activities to do in the ...
Back to School 2020-2021 School Calendar
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Back to School 2020-2021 School Calendar

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2020-2021 Calendar Purchase this one time and you can return and download the updated version every year for free! This product is a PDF file that is printer friendly should be printed front and back. No clip art, no heavy borders requiring lots of ink! Includes calendars for July 202...

Classroom procedures and icebreakers

Establish your classroom culture from the outset with these editable procedure task cards, designed to make learning routines interactive, memorable and fun for your students. 

Icebreakers are a reliable technique for helping learners get to know their peers, such as this classic icebreaker bingo game or these interactive icebreakers, complete with animations, music and fun countdown timers. And, make sure that the classroom is a safe space and spark a discussion about friendships with these drama circles cards.

 

Classroom Procedures Task Cards - Back to School
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Classroom Procedures Task Cards - Back to School

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These fully editable and customizable cards in Microsoft PowerPoint can be used in a variety of ways in your classroom to help teach and reinforce your classroom procedures. They are appropriate for upper elementary through high school. For best results, print these on card stock and laminate. ...
Transition - Circle Time / Ice Breakers
TeachEliteUS

Transition - Circle Time / Ice Breakers

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This is the perfect addition to any classroom especially for transition! This is a FULLY INTERACTIVE presentation with animation and MUSIC. The PPT consists of over 30 Slides with 12 activities and three of our fun count down timers. Use the Circle Time Selector Wheel on slide 2 to select ...
Ice Breaker Back to School
Happyedugator

Ice Breaker Back to School

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Icebreaker - Back to School People Search Handout. Use this at the beginning of the year as an icebreaker and getting to know you activity. Find someone who...Give this to the students, and give them time to find people on the grid and have them sign the box when they do. It's fun, and a good way fo...
Back to School Drama Circle Making Friends.
Susan Powers

Back to School Drama Circle Making Friends.

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This drama activity was designed for my 5th graders as a fun back to school activity and ice breaker as we get to know one another; seeing old friends again and establishing new friendships. It is also a great review of the speaking and listening strands and the Learner Profile and IB Attitudes. Thu...