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  • This KWHLAQ chart expands upon the traditional KWL, while having students learn about their school. This chart addresses the common core standards. CC: ELA: RI.4-5.1

  • These desk tags identify helpers for the day. They are tented for better visibility.

  • Great printable for back-to-school! "All About Me" lunch box theme.

  • This packet is perfect for students interested in the zoo. Activities include writing about and drawing zoo animals, math problems, mazes and more.
  • Four page word wall with school-themed vocabulary. Includes colorful pictures in a cute pencil shapebook!

  • A fun "all about me" activity for students to introduce themselves, then come together as a class to create a puzzle.

  • This is a perfect first day set of activities: this 11 page packet consists of Getting-to-Know-You worksheets, a collage template, reading inventories, a classmate interview activity and a word search for upper elementary students.

  • A bright red apple tag to slide onto a pencil for a great welcome gift or first day of school craft. Messages include "Welcome!" or "Welcome to ____" (Pre-K through 5th Grade).

  • A realistic fiction story, and great testing practice! This reading comprehension would make a good opening for talking about friends, peer pressure, fitting in...
  • Make your Pre-School students proud with this colorful award.
  • Recognize your students with this colorful Honor Student Certificate.
  • Use this Venn diagram to compare school subjects.
  • Cut out the six school items and paste them on the matching squares on the board.
  • Wide-lined border paper with color illustrations of pencils in the surrounding borders.
  • Lined border paper with an illustration of school books and a "back to school" title at the top.
  • "All About Me" This fun 15 question game ("Find someone who has been to the zoo this year" etc) is a great getting-to-know-you game-- even for people who think they know each other!

  • Start the year right by helping students look at themselves and their goals for the coming year with these pages of open-ended and wide-ranging questions about interests and goals.
  • Use this 'Word Families/Make a Word: Back to School' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Word Families/Make a Word: Back to School'. Make words from the letters in the heading "Back to School Time" and group the words by word family into the provided columns.
  • Use your students' names to play bingo.
  • Use this Word document to add your students' names to this bingo game.
  • This twelve page unit contains an acrostic form, a word search, a KWL, several writing prompts, and more, all related to the theme of "family".
  • This Coming/Going to School Classroom Picture Graph is perfect to practice graphing skills. Your elementary grade students will love this Coming/Going to School Classroom Picture Graph. Use these picture patterns to make a classroom picture graph. Each student colors a picture that represents them and adds it to the classroom graph.
  • Enhances Julie Danneberg's witty story of first day nerves. Combine with our Back to School Unit activities in our Theme section.

  • Use this 'Worksheet: Picture Sentences - School (primary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Worksheet: Picture Sentences - School (primary)'. "The children are getting on the bus." Choose the sentence that best describes the picture.
  • This Getting to know you! Grid is perfect to practice math skills. Your elementary grade students will love this Getting to know you! Grid. This is a fun activity to help your students get to know each other. Great for the beginning of the school year.
  • This School Themed Multiplication (upper elementary) Word Problems is perfect to practice problem solving skills. Your elementary grade students will love this School Themed Multiplication (upper elementary) Word Problems. Cindy had a summer job bathing dogs. She earned $5.25 for every dog she bathed. She bathed 17 dogs every week. How many dogs did she bathe in two weeks?
  • This School Themed Addition (elementary) Word Problems is perfect to practice problem solving skills. Your elementary grade students will love this School Themed Addition (elementary) Word Problems. "Last year there were 89 third graders at Johnson Elementary School. This year there are five more." Five school-themed math addition problems.
  • This is a fun getting-to-know-you survey you can have students complete at the start of the school year.

  • Pass out a card to each student. Students read their card to the class. The class responds and data is collected. They can then graph the results. This game has a set of 32 cards with questions and colorful pictures. Great for the first week of school.

  • This 14 page packet contains a portfolio cover, goal setting sheets, portfolio contents dividers and reflection sheets. Perfect as an introduction to portfolio management.

  • Slide up to 3 pencils and/or stick candies into this cute and colorful pocket for a great welcome gift or first day of school craft. Messages include "Welcome Back to School!" or "Welcome to ______" (Pre-K through 5th Grade).

  • I like to go to school. I like to learn to read and write. I like to add and subtract, too. Science and social studies are fun subjects.
  • Cut out the six school items and paste them on the matching squares on the board. Print out two copies to create a matching game.
  • This is a great way of involving parents and students in goal-setting. Starting with a letter to parents and ending with a form for helping students achieve self-set goals, measure their own progress, and learn the sense of accomplishment that comes with achievement!
  • From "backpack" to "teeter-totter." These vocabulary building word strips with pictures are great for word walls, sentence strips, spelling and vocabulary practice.

  • An old mint tin can be transformed into a handy carrying case for buttons, trinkets, dice, etc. A great "back to school" craft!
  • "Write your name in the center of the flower. Draw or paste a picture of yourself. In each petal, write things you would like to share about yourself." A great back to school bulletin board idea.
  • In this school-themed folder game, students move along the game board path by drawing cards and matching the beginning blends. This is a great for pre-readers and early readers!