27 TIPS FOR STARTING THE YEAR OFF RIGHT:
Some of these tips will seem self-evident, while you will do well to remind yourself of others. From building relationships to creating a positive learning environment, the 27 tips outlined here will help to keep you focused on a strong start.
|32 WAYS TO START THE SCHOOL YEAR OFF RIGHT:|
Do build good relationships, don't expound on your own personal political views, do establish sound rules... Find several tips here to help you find a solid footing when commencing your new school year.
|101 THINGS FOR THE 1ST THREE WEEKS:|
Do you want to be exceptionally prepared for the first weeks back at school this fall? Then consider each of these 101 ideas to help you become organized and ready.
|AIRPLANE ALPHABET BANNER:|
Take off this school year with the help of this wonderful alphabet banner, complete with printing exercises, coloring pages, cut and assemble activities, and of course, an alphabet banner to hang above your bulletin board.
|ALL ABOUT ME: EGYPTIAN STYLE:|
Early and upper elementary students will enjoy creating their self-portraits, with a twist... They will first learn how the Egyptians drew, and then create an Egyptian style self-portrait, perfect for a back-to-school or all-about-me activity.
|ALL ABOUT ME: THIS IS MY FAMILY TREE:|
Use empty yogurt containers or paper cups for the planter for these family trees. Have students bring in a branch or twig from a tree in their own yards, secure them in the cups with some clay, and then have fun creating the leaves for your family trees.
|ALL ABOUT ME : PRINTABLE BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOKS:|
Create a memory book at the beginning of the school year where students get a chance to share information about themselves and their families. Eight printable pages will guide students through creating their own family trees, creating a self-portrait, describing their favorite things to do, and drawing or painting a landscape of where they live.
|ALL ABOUT ME : ME UNIT FOR TEACHERS:|
Here is a wonderful idea for easing young children into a back-to-school mode, while encouraging sharing and discussion as well. Using a bulletin board, teachers will bring in an all-about-her/him theme; find several suggestions here to make it work.
|STUDENT ATTENDANCE SHEETS:|
Find a simple student attendance sheet to download and print out here for your preschool classroom needs this fall.
|Back2School has a helpful collection of bulletin board ideas, back to school activities, and getting to know you activities. Take a look:|
Back to School Activities
Classroom helpers, skills practice printables, word problems, coloring pages, vocabulary sheets and more! http://www.edhelper.com/Back_To_School.htm
|BACK TO SCHOOL ART:|
Combine an All About Me back to school lesson with an art project. Find instructions here to trace students, decorate the drawings, and use them to write the students' favorite things. This project would make a great display for parent's night.
|BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST:|
We know it's only the middle of summer, but we also promised to give you lots of planning and preparation resources for back to school this fall. Try out this checklist (you can hold on to it until next month!) to make sure you're on track and on schedule.
Two pages of back-to-school-themed clipart are available here for your student worksheets, notes home, etc., on your first week back.
|BACK TO SCHOOL: A to Z Teacher Stuff: Back to School Theme|
This site includes lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, teacher discussion forums, downloadable teaching materials, printable pages, themes and more.
|back to school: THE FIRST THREE WEEKS BACK:|
Build a student-teacher relationship, a classroom community, direct your class early into active learning and participation, challenge your students, find support, and more. Find one hundred and one tips here to build an efficient and effective learning environment within your first three weeks of classes.
|back to school: site for K-3 teachers with letters, survival kits, printables, bulletin board ideas, suggested reading for the first weeks of school, and more:|
Teaching is a Work of Heart - Back to School Site
|BACK TO SCHOOL:|
The first day in preschool is not always an easy one. Use the suggestions here to help ease small children into the environment, making it both secure and fun.
Back to School Unit Set 1
Back to School Unit Set 2
|You can find some back to school printables and worksheets here:|
edHelper's Back to School Resources
ProTeacher.com has a very large listing of all kind of different back to school resources and lesson plans. Take a look at their back to school page here:
ProTeacher's Back to School Resource Page
|IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME (KA-CHING!)|
In an excellent back-to-school lesson on expenses and averages, students will calculate just how much it will cost them to restock their school supplies, buy those two boxes of tissue to share with the classroom, and sharpen a brand new box of pencils, for the next ten years or so. They will also calculate the cost of backpack injuries weighed against physician visits, and given a national expenditure report for public schools, determine what the average school pays for its classroom supplies.
|It's Time for Back to School has a number of resources specifically for this time period. They include clip art, poetry, getting to know you activities, fonts, and more:|
It's Time for Back to School
|BACK TO SCHOOL ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:|
If you're looking for some special activities for that first week back, this site offers some fresh ideas. From creating a classroom portrait quilt, to a template for a game of "Mingo" where everyone gets to know each other, to reading suggestions, pop-up name tags, and more art designs, find plenty of great activities.
|BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST:|
Be prepared: make that list and check it thrice. Also check into the suggestions here for your first week back and a smooth transition back to school.
|BACK TO SCHOOL COLORING PAGES:|
Have fun coloring with markers, crayons, or pencils when students join preschool this fall. Find a few coloring pages geared to the back-to-school theme here, with a friendly pencil, recess, and a school of fish to choose from.
|BACK TO SCHOOL CRAFTS:|
Find apple crafts, paint patterns, pencil puzzles, pencil crafts, and more here at this back-to-school craft site.
|school crafts at the following URL that can be helpful around the back to school time frame (including a scrap book page, backpack tags, and many more):|
Back to School Crafts
|Back to School @ edHelper|
Includes reading comprehensions, printables, puzzles and more for teachers to start the year off great.
|Back to School : Education World: Back to School |
This site covers areas such as Icebreaker Activities, Preparing for the First Day, Ideas for All Year, The Homework Dilemma, First-Year Teacher Tips, Substitute Teacher Help and More Great Ideas for the New School Year.
|Back to School: Kids Domain - School Fun |
It's time for fun and learning in school with Crafts, Printables, Clip Art, Stories & Lesson Plans.
|BACK TO SCHOOL PRINTABLES:|
These printable selections for back to school will be useful in the elementary classroom. Choose from bookmarks, work charts, bookplates, and phone lists.
|BACK TO SCHOOL SCAVENGER HUNT:|
Adapt this creative activity to your own school yard or even your preschool classroom for a great back to school icebreaker. Students will need to work in teams to locate all of the items on their list; make sure you use pictures for the items for preschoolers.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL SCAVENGER HUNT:
Help ease your students back into school those first few days back, and get over the awkwardness of getting to know each other with a few icebreaker activities. Try this get-to-know-you scavenger hunt, with printable student activity pages.
|Back to School @ Scholastic |
These activities offer great ways to get kids settled in and ready to learn. Use them to set up successful classroom routines while introducing and practicing key skills and curricular areas that you'll explore as the year goes on.
|BACK TO SCHOOL THEME:|
Here is a super site for back to school resources, especially great for new teachers. It includes worksheets, activities, classroom management ideas, teaching calendars, seating arrangements, name plates, bulletin board sets, and more.
|BACK TO SCHOOL THEME:|
Find several resources here to help you get your elementary students settled back into school this year, including checklists for the first day and the first week. Use the 2nd URL above for a colorful page for students to use for writing exercises.
|BACK TO SCHOOL: TEN TOP ITEMS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS:|
Get ready, set, and go... But not before you have reviewed these top ten things to do before school starts this year.
|BACK TO SCHOOL: TIPS TO START OFF THE SCHOOL YEAR:|
Particularly helpful for new teachers, find numerous tips here to help you get organized, prepared, and able to create a successful learning environment in your classroom.
|POEMS, SONGS, AND FINGER PLAYS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL:|
Find numerous resources here for planning your first week back to school, with songs, chants, poems, nursery rhymes, and finger plays.
Try this art project for a beginning of the school year activity. It can be adjusted for any skill or age level, and you can consider tailoring the idea to fit student cubby holes as well.
RULES & ACTIVITIES FOR BELL WORK:
It's always a good idea to have some work and routines set aside for bell work, but do they always work in your classroom? Here are some rules for establishing bell work routines with your class, with examples of possible activities across different subjects and grades.
|Birthdays: WHAT CAN I DO TO CELEBRATE CLASSROOM BIRTHDAYS?|
Birthdays are special occasions, even for older students, and you can find numerous ways to
appropriately mark the events in your own classroom, with these creative suggestions.
Collect a healthy supply of paper grocery sacks for this back to school art activity, where students will be decorating paper with various painting and combing techniques, then cutting their dried masterpieces to make book covers for their text books.
|FOLK ART BOOK COVERS:|
Incorporate a bit of early Americana into your back to school theme this year, with this art lesson plan on making folk art book covers.
|SEPTEMBER STICKER BOOKMARKS:|
Download and print these back-to-school September themed bookmarks for your students. Use them with small circle stickers for good behavior, work well done, books read, etc.
Need some great bulletin board ideas for your classroom? Here are several creative suggestions to use throughout the school year, adapting as needed for your own units and themes.
|CREATING BULLETIN BOARDS:|
It's almost that time--back-to-school--and in order to create a welcome, cheery environment for your students, your bulletin board should be both creative and inspiring. Find several resources here for suggestions on how to make dazzling bulletin boards in your own classroom.
|CALENDAR: A WEEK AT SCHOOL PLANNER:|
This interactive tool can be used by either you or your students to map out the curriculum, homework, lessons, subjects, etc. for your school week, helping your class to stay organized and on top of things.
|SEVEN WEEKS ON A LEARNING CALENDAR:|
With creative activities for reading, math, and other curricular areas, the suggestions at this site can help you ease back into the school year or provide summer school or summer camp ideas as well.
|CUSTOM CHORE CHARTS:|
Choose your background theme to create a custom chore chart for your classroom or for each individual student.You can select your fonts, colors, and days of week, and input whatever classroom chores--or homework--needs to be done on a weekly basis. Use stickers to fill in the squares when a task has been completed.
|SAMPLE CLASS RULES AND CONSEQUENCES:|
Student rights and responsibilities are covered in this chart, along with a sample code of conduct and
consequences for irresponsible behaviors.
|ESTABLISHING CLASSROOM RULES:|
Included here especially for new teachers, this guide for classroom management covers general rules, and then suggests six sample rules that all students should be able to follow.
|FABULOUS FIRST DAY IDEAS:|
The Time Capsule activity here does not require a lot of fuss but will surely help to break the ice, as well as provide an end of year activity when students will reopen their time capsules and reassess their height, hand tracings, etc. Numerous other activities are also available.
|FABULOUS FIRST DAY IDEAS:|
Try the Silly Name Game to start off your day when school begins again, and work together on a Mission Statement or a Time Capsule. Find these and other creative ideas here for getting off to a good start.
|FIRST DAY ACTIVITIES:|
Even veteran teachers can use an infusion now and then of appropriate and fresh ideas for the first day back in the classroom. Here are some great get-to-know-you and cooperative learning activities to try out with your class.
|FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:|
Here is a list of both activities and organizational tasks that you can complete as a group, both teacher and students,on the very first days of school. Several icebreakers help students to become more comfortable with each other, and serve to help the teacher remember student names as well.
|FIRST DAY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL:|
It would be fun to take this get-to-know-you activity here even further... When students bring in their paper bags of personal objects, put all the bags in the center of the room. Have your students work in teams to create a profile sheet on one of the bags--not their own--and state what this person is like, and lastly, to make a guess on who they think the person is.
|SAMPLE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:|
How do you plan on getting acquainted with your students? What is your classroom Bill of Rights? Do you have some drill practices lined up? Find several excellent ideas here to ease you into your first day in the classroom.
First Day Online
Offers a free first day of school activity guide for promoting parental involvement.
|Here are nine articles to help teachers on the first day of school. They include tips on creating the best learning environment, tips for learning names quickly, icebreakers, and survival tips for the first day:|
First Day Tips
|FIRST DAY: WHO ARE YOU?|
First ask your elementary students to share a few things or facts about themselves. Be sure to give them some categories to work with, for instance, favorite foods, sports, color of bedroom, etc. Then follow the directions here for a name scavenger hunt to put everyone at ease and learn names on the first day of school.
Fourteen Great Activities for the First Days of School!
Take a look at these icebreaker activities contributed by teachers from around the globe!
Learn how to build a planning book, organize your classroom, get your files in order, and more with this well-considered list and suggestions for beginning teachers.
Clip your large charts to hangers, the ones that have the large clips already attached, and then simply hang them in a storage closet when not in use. Or how about lining your refillable paint containers with disposable baggies? Dozens of helpful hints are listed here for the busy teacher.
|GETTING TO KNOW YOU:|
How can you encourage cooperation and positive friendship practices amongst your preschool students? Find several ideas here, involving art projects, songs, language arts, and physical education activities. Consider incorporating this theme in your curriculum at the start of the school year to encourage the concepts as an ongoing thread throughout the year.
|GETTING TO KNOW YOU:|
Use this printable icebreaker to get your students meeting each other and getting to know each other. You can also create a class graph for your bulletin board with your results.
|GETTING TO KNOW YOU SEND-HOME FORM:|
Get to know your students and their families by sending home this form for parents to fill out, offering tips on eating habits, expectations, health problems, etc.
|CONTRACTING FOR GRADES:|
It helps to be very specific with students in setting out your outlines and expectations for their grades. Find excellent procedural ideas here for the older student in creating and monitoring student/teacher contracts.
|TEACHING TIPS FOR HANDWRITING:|
How should students properly hold their pencils? How can you improve coordination? How much time should you spend teaching handwriting each day? Answers to these questions and common handwriting problems are addressed in the URLs above.
|Lesson Plans: CUSTOM CLASSROOM ONLINE TEACHER TOOL:|
This lesson planning tool allows you to set up your lesson plans with an online template, store them, and then come back to edit, delete, or download and print any of them. This is a free teacher tool, but registration is required for use.
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Our Back to School Lesson Plans
We have a great collection of about 80 different lessons / ideas there!
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--Back to School Resources--
Here's an excellent article that's written for students. It's about going back to school and tips to get through the first days of school.
Pass it along, and/or let your students know about it:
Going Back to School
Back to school bulletin board ideas can be found at the A to Z Teacher Stuff website:
Back to School Bulletin Boards
This is a great collection of back to school ideas for preschool:
Preschool Back to School Ideas
Here are several songs and poems for primary school teachers (many of which are appropriate for the back to school period):
Back to School Songs and Poems
Poems, bulletin board ideas, book lists, and more can be found at The Virtual Vine (all for back to school):
Virtual Vine's Back to School Resources
This is a back to school checklist of great tips from Scholastic:
Back to School Checklist
You can find some back to school printables and worksheets here:
Printables and Worksheets for Back to School
ABCTeach also has some back to school resources, but some of them you have to pay for:
Various Back to School Resources
There's a wide variety of back to school resources on this site, but you have to pay for it...
Many Back to School Resources
There are over 100 icebreaker (getting-to-know-you) tips on this site:
Back to School Ice Breakeres
--Featured Back to School Lesson Plans--
The following lesson is on classroom mapping / classroom scavenger hunt. It helps to learn the layout of the room, the rules, and get to know students. You can find it on our site here:
Back to School Classroom Scavenger Hunt
This Art lesson involves creating self-portraits, is called My Favorite Things, and is good for getting to know each other and boosting self-esteem:
My Favorite Things
--More Back to School Lessons--
Here's a collection of back to school lessons (and more) for the first week:
Teaching Heart's First Week Lessons
The NCTE website has collections of back to school lessons for elementary, middle, and secondary school. It also has a back to school booklist:
NCTE's Back to School Lesson Plans
This first day of school lesson for ESL classrooms could be helpful:
ESL First Day of School Lessons
This site by Scholastic contains quite a few back to school lesson plans:
Scholastic's Back to School Lessons
Upper elementary, middle, and high school students will have a blast with many of these icebreaker activities, perfect for back-to-school first day exercises.
|ICE BREAKERS GALORE:|
Use these excellent activities to help students feel comfortable at the beginning of the school year. There are numerous ways to incorporate learning names into the activities; for instance, for "Answer Yes", add students' names to the question bank. For "Crossing the River", write students' names on the "stones", and in order to cross any further, they must correctly identify that particular student.
|ICEBREAKERS AND ENERGIZERS:|
Help your students get to know each other and feel secure in their new environment by leading several ice-breaker activities on the first day back to school. Find several creative suggestions listed here, for students of all ages.
|TEN WAYS TO BREAK THE ICE:|
These activities are sure to break the ice with all of your classes. With number nine, Beach Ball Brainstorming,tailor the game to have each student say his or her name when they first receive the ball. After a couple of sessions of saying their own names, they must both say the name of the person who threw the ball to them, and the name of the person they will throw the ball to next.
|ICEBREAKERS: TRUTH AND LIES:|
Another icebreaker for the first day of school--students must write down three outrageous sentences about themselves, one of which must be true. The rest of the class is assigned the task of figuring out which one is true;you may want to incorporate a "yes" "no" question and answer strategy to further get to know your students, and make them feel both appreciated and comfortable in your classroom.
|ICEBREAKERS: WRITING ICEBREAKER:|
In this icebreaker activity, students will draw a sketch of their house, without sharing it. The papers are put anonymously into a collection, from which students select one that interests them. They will then write about the family that lives in that house, and share their paragraphs. Find further instructions here.
|MEET YOUR TEACHER:|
Here is a wonderful idea for easing young students into a back-to-school mode, while encouraging sharing and discussion as well. Using a full bulletin board, the teacher brings in an all-about-her/him theme; find several suggestions here to make it work.
|MUST DO LISTS:|
It's back to school time, and have you covered all of your bases? Make sure by checking off the items on this printable back-to-school must-do list for teachers.
One of the first things everyone in the classroom will have to do is to learn each other's names. Get help here with ideas for name necklaces, rhymes, name paper plate tosses, and more.
One way of getting to know your students' names fairly quickly at the start of a new school year is to have the names posted at the desks. Students will also be able to learn each other's names in this manner, and this art lesson plan finds a very creative way to do it.
|NAME ACTIVITIES: MAGIC -- REMEMBER YOUR STUDENTS' NAMES!|
Do you want to really impress your middle and high school students with how quickly you can memorize their names? Memory work is not actually involved, but sleight of hand is with this great little icebreaker. Add your own features--such as having students attempt to recall the next name, etc.
|ILLUSTRATED NAME TAGS:|
Jan Brett's illustrations are so adorable. Here they decorate printable student name tags; print some out if you are planning an end-of-school-year field trip with your early elementary students.
|PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATES:|
They might not all have a license to drive, but your students will love designing their own personalized license plates in this cleverly wrought "All About Me" activity for upper level students.
|PLANNING FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:|
How do you plan your student seating arrangements? Find several tips here for seating charts, getting to know your students, and being organized for that first important day back.
|SCHOOL AND CLASS PLEDGES:|
Set the tone for your school year by starting off every morning with a rousing class pledge; find several examples here, or get your students to help create your own unique pledge.
|PRIMARY WRITING CHECKLIST:|
Have your students spaced their words properly on their beginning writing projects? Have they included capitals and periods? Use this printable chart as a reminder to check their writing projects before handing them in.
|PRINTABLE STICKER CHARTS:|
Choose between seasons or holidays to download and print sticker charts--use them for
completed homework assignments, good behavior awards, completed classroom chores, etc.
|Printable: REWARD AND STICKER CHARTS:|
Plan ahead for the coming school year with these printable charts with various, appealing designs for preschool awards, behavior, and work trackers.
Seating Arrangements for Teaching & Learning Spaces
This offering provides a wide variety of different layouts for learning environments.
|SETTING UP YOUR CLASSROOM:|
Try these tips for creating effective learning centers and whole group learning areas in your own classroom. Some of them enlist student help and feedback, enabling them to participate in setting up their learning experiences, expectations, and goals.
|SETTING UP YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOM:|
How do you arrange your tables and chairs? Do you provide visuals in your classroom environment? Find some tips here to help you create your own effective environment, particularly helpful for new teachers.
|TEACHING MISTAKES TO AVOID:|
Included here especially for new teachers, here are some classical teaching errors that you will want to avoid. The author offers very good explanations on why each of these approaches to teaching are best remedied and left outside of the classroom.
|TEN WAYS TO BREAK THE ICE:|
These activities are sure to break the ice with all of your classes. With number nine, Beach Ball Brainstorming,tailor the game to have each student say his or her name when they first receive the ball. After a couple of sessions of saying their own names, they must both say the name of the
person who threw the ball to them, and the name of the person they will throw the ball to next.
|DEALING WITH THE TEXTBOOKS:|
Use this first day of school activity to introduce your students to their textbooks for any subject: math, English, social studies, etc. Students will be reviewing what they are expected to cover during the year and will also be allowed to bring up any questions or comments, as well as critically assess and organize the various categories of subject material. Find further instructions here.
|TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR DAY:|
Start off your day by setting the right tone, having appropriate activities ready, and setting your expectations immediately. Find tips here across all grade levels.
|TIPS TO START OFF THE SCHOOL YEAR:|
I love the idea for a "Take It Apart Party". This activity would make an excellent and unique back to school exercise, where students could work together to discover what their toaster or old hair dryer has in common, and what's different. After taking things apart, students collaborate for an art sculpture. Find several other tips and activities for starting your school year on the right foot.
|TOP TEN MUST DO ITEMS:|
Before school even begins, plan, organize, get your classroom in order, and follow these suggestions to make sure you've done all you should before the school year starts.
|WARM UPS, GAMES, & ICE BREAKERS:|
Use these exercises as games, transition activities, warm-ups, or even as ice-breakers at the beginning of the school year, helping students to become engaged and comfortable.
|EXTENDING A WARM WELCOME:|
These tips not only extend a welcome to your incoming students this fall, but they also establish expectations and help you to firmly set up a classroom management plan from the start.
|CREATING A WEEKLY TIME MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE:|
Get this activity down for the very beginning days of school, helping your students to plan for all activities and manage a working schedule. Instructions and a weekly schedule template are included here. Use the 2nd URL above for a semester course chart, and the 3rd URL above for directions on planning for classes.
|WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR SUMMER VACATION?|
During the first week of school, ask your students to bring in some souvenirs from their summer vacations. Students will use their mementos to pull together a collage; great for an Open House display.
|WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL?|
Printables are included in this back-to-school activity, where students will share information about themselves and learn how they are both alike and different from everyone else in the class.
|WHO'S IN THE BAG?|
Students will bring a few items from home that say something about their favorite things. As the teacher empties the bag, students must guess whose belongings these are based on a given series of questions. Find further instructions here.
|WRITING ABOUT THE TEACHER!|
In this creative and interactive exercise for the first few days back at school, students get to put the teacher on the hot seat. You will have to give outrageous statements about yourself to the class, which they will then guess as either true or false. After sharing correct answers, students get to write a paragraph describing you, their new teacher. They will then have a chance to compose their own individual true/false quizzes.