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  • "Ed sits in the front row of class. There are seven girls in the front row and one boy. How many children sit in the front row, in all?"
  • Writing Paper with a school theme border.
  • Wide-lined border paper with color illustrations of pencils in the surrounding borders.
  • [member-created using abctools] Find the school-themed words, from bell to pencil sharpener, in this word search.
  • "All About Me" Younger students will enjoy writing about themselves with this castle patterned writing paper. Primary dotted lines are included.
  • A fun back-to-school activity to help students become better acquainted with their classmates. Reinforces reading, counting, sorting, and graphing skills. Combined with matching interactive, the teacher can model and lead students through the activities as students complete the booklets. CCS: K.CC.B.5, K.CC.C.6, K.MD.B.3, 1.MC.C.4, 2.MD.D.10, 3.MD.B.3

  • Create a bar graph to show information about classmates.
  • "School is fun because..." Colorful border and writing prompts encourages creative writing and a chance to share their opinions in a positive way.
  • Enhances Audrey Penn's heartwarming story of a mother's love for her baby raccoon.
  • Simple mobile project.
  • Simple name poster project. Students design a poster using the letters in their name.
  • 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.
  • "Welcome back!" Six back-to-school themed bookmarks per page.
  • "Today is the first day of school." A very short realistic fiction reading comprehension.
  • Use this 'Book: Amelia Bedelia Goes Back to School (primary/elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Amelia Bedelia Goes Back to School (primary/elem)'. "Amelia Bedelia is ready to learn, but it's the class that gets a lesson -- in reading, writing, and ridiculousness!" This unit enhances the Herman Parish book with vocabulary and comprehension skills development.
  • This fill-in-the-blank story is a good way to get to know your students' personalities and writing abilities--and might be fun to refer back to at the end of the school year!
  • Ashton wins the third grade writing award!
  • A back to school story. Read the story, then number the events as they occur in the story. Write the story again in your own handwriting and draw a picture to go with the text.
  • Use this Word document to add your students' names to this bingo game.
  • Use this 'Writing Prompts: All About Me!' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Writing Prompts: All About Me!'. "All About Me" This free twelve-page unit helps students express their interests and goals.
  • A realistic fiction story, and great testing practice! This reading comprehension would make a good opening for talking about friends, peer pressure, fitting in...
  • 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!
  • Have your students write about themselves, their interests, and their goals.
  • A seven page packet of materials to start the school year for primary/early el teachers, with a focus on reading and writing. Includes desk name plate, "Just Right" books poster and book marks, student reading inventory, classmate interview exercise, and a handout of reading tips for parents.
  • Print up the form and write in the details (Check out what we're doing, Help Wanted, Special Notes, Reminders) to make a great classroom newsletter. With school house, student and school bus outlines to color.
  • This School Favorites Clip Art is perfect to practice tally and graphing skills. Your elementary grade students will love this School Favorites Clip Art. Use the tally sheet and graph form to determine favorite subjects and favorite unit.
  • This is a fun getting-to-know-you survey you can have students complete at the start of the school year.

  • "School begins at _____." This early reader booklet is great for a lesson on telling time, for helping students understand their schedules, and for the fun of making a personalized book.
  • [created with abctools] Favorites, nickname, etc. After each student fills in this information page, paste the pages on colored construction paper and hang them up on the wall so that pupils can get to know each other better. Great Back To School activity.
  • A seven page packet of materials to start the school year for middle elementary teachers, with a focus on reading and writing. Includes desk name plate, "Just Right" books poster and book marks, student reading inventory, classmate interview exercise, and a handout of reading tips for parents.

  • Colorful game board: Reinforces use of the words "go", "to", and "the".
  • Have students fill in these crayons with basic information about themselves. This is a great "getting to know you" bulletin board idea -- perfect for back to school!
  • Students enter information about themselves, and then try to guess "who's who?" based on some of the clues.
  • 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.
  • Use this 'Cloze: Adjectives All About Me! elem/upper elem' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Cloze: Adjectives All About Me! elem/upper elem'. "I like to wear __ clothes. My ears are __ and __." Complete the sentences with adjectives.

  • "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.
  • This reading comprehension concerns information about when school starts in several different countries.

  • A step-by-step guide to establishing classroom rules that work, because students are involved in the process. Includes directions for the teacher and worksheets to guide students through each step.

  • 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".