As the beginning of the school year gets closer and closer, you might be wondering what activities you should be doing on the first day and the first week of the new school year.
Perhaps you want easy activities that are no prep for you.
You probably want activities that are engaging for students.
You could also be looking for activities to get to know your students or maybe ones to check their Math and Literacy capabilities.
Well don’t worry. I’ve got you covered!
All About Me Free Worksheet
First up, a freebie.
You’re probably thinking, ‘what do you do on the first day of school?’ Well, don’t worry!
This ‘All About Me’ worksheet is perfect for the first day of school as a way to get to know your new students.
You’ll learn what your student’s favorite book, TV show, food, and sport is. They’ll tell you their name, age, hair color, where they live, and what they want to be when they grow up. They’ll even tell you their favorite color and all about their family!
Over 150,000 teachers have downloaded this printable for the first day or week back at school!
But here’s other ways it can be used –
- Couselors, SLPs and even girl scout leaders have used it with students.
- It’s great as an ice breaker and has been featured in leadership binders.
- Buddie classes love it!
- It’s perfect for student/star of the week.
- It’s ideal for homework or summer school.
- The worksheet is perfect for SPED and English language learners.
It comes in a US and UK/AUS version and even has a digital option through TPT Easel. You’re going to love it!
Grab this back to school freebie here.
Back To School Worksheets For The First Week
Next up, activities for the whole week.
This packet includes 24 worksheets and 17 task cards to make your first week back at school easier. These no prep printables are ideal for elementary students.
The first few worksheets are ‘all about me’/’getting to know you’ activities. Then, there are reflections on summer and holidays. Finally, there is a focus on goal setting and classroom rules.
The task cards will be especially valuable, as you can work together as a class and answer questions like, ‘Where do I sharpen my pencil? What to I do when I finish my work?’
Grab the activities here!
Back To School Sentence Building
Up next, we have some sentence scramble activities.
These sentence building worksheets are designed for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. They feature fun Back to School themed sentences and pictures which are perfect for literacy lessons or literacy centers.
Students simply cut, sort, and paste the words into a sentence, write the sentence, and color the picture. It’s a great way to practice sentence structure in a back to school theme! You can use this to assess your students sentence writing capabilities.
Get the sentence scramble worksheets here.
BACK TO SCHOOL WRITING CRAFTs
Are you someone who loves doing crafts with your students? Or perhaps you just want to assess your students’ writing capabilities in the first week of school.
Well these prompts are perfect for that (they also make cute bulletin boards)!
The great thing is that they are no prep, you can just print and go. The other awesome thing is that they are easy for students to complete. It’s not complicated at all and you won’t have students needing as many instructions or 1:1 help! It’s not intricate and all they have to do is write, color, and cut.
No glitter. No little bits of paper.
Less mess for you and less stress for them!
Students will write recounts about their first day of school and their new friends.
Check out the writing prompts out here.
If you’re interested in some August themed ones with references to Summer, you’ll love these ones too.
Grab the August writing prompts here.
back to school Roll a story
If you’re looking to gauge your students’ writing proficiency, this activity is great.
Students simply roll dice to mix and match story elements (such as character, setting, and problem).
Although you’re giving your students the story ideas, they have to write their own narrative from scratch. You’ll be able to see their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to spelling, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary, text structure, and cohesion.
You can print the writing pages if you like. But your students could just write in their books (if you are limited when it comes to printing)!
You can get the roll a story prompt here.
Back to School Addition Worksheets
Finally, we have a Math activity that is back to school themed.
Your students will love these back to school themed color by code worksheets! These activities are perfect for Math lessons and Math centers during the first day of school and first week back at school.
Students will practice their addition math facts and add to 5, 10, and 20. These no prep printables are ideal for Kindergarten, First Grade, or Second Grade.
You can use these worksheets to assess how proficient your students are at addition. Get them here.
If you’ve been asking, ‘what are some fun school activities?’ or ‘how do you make back to school fun?’…
…I hope you and your students enjoy these ideas!