Get 10 Free Back to School Resources for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade students here! Includes free printable + digital resources!
The back to school season brings a lot of hustle and bustle with everything teachers have to do. From setting up their classroom to getting ready for back to school night to lesson planning, teachers have a lot on their plate! I have compiled 10 free back to school resources for kindergarten, first, and second grade that will hopefully help you with lesson planning for the first week of school!
10 Free Back to School Resources for K-2
Sight Word Boom Cards from Sweet For Kindergarten: Practice reading sight words using this interactive Boom Cards™ game! Students can listen to the word, click on the sight word, and it will self-check the answer for the student. This is a great way to introduce Boom Cards™ to your classroom or practice using the computer or tablets.
Beginning Sound Boom Cards from The Primary Post: Kick off back to school season with this fun set of Boom Cards to review Beginning Sounds. Students will practice identifying the sound they hear at the beginning of each school supply.
Just For Fun
First Day of School Bookmarks from Missing Tooth Grins: These bookmarks are so much fun to pass out at the end of the first day of school! In the past, I’ve written a short note on the back like “You are awesome!” or “What a great first day!” Print on colored cardstock and students can keep these in their book boxes so they have a bookmark while they’re reading!
Taco ‘Bout A Cool Class Book from Literacy With The Littles: Need a fun back to school get to know you activity? This free class book was designed as a fun way to help build a classroom community right from the start. Have each student share about themselves and put it together as a class book. They will enjoy reading about their classmates and learning more about them. This is sure to be a book they enjoy all year.
All About Me Printables from Lucy’s Lunchbox Learning: This All About Me freebie is a perfect way to get to know your students during the first week of school. Three versions are included so you can easily differentiate between students within your class or across different grades. This is also a great way for students to learn a little about their teacher!
Back To School Numbers and Counting from A Is For Apples: Use these school-themed number cards for practice with number recognition, counting, number matching, and more! The counting mat and number cards are a great way to introduce manipulatives to your students. This is a great way to see where your students are at with their knowledge of numbers and one-to-one correspondence.
A School Tour
Read Aloud Tour from The Blue Brain Teacher: The first day of school has all kinds of emotions… excitement, joy, nervous, happy, overwhelmed… Each student and teacher experiences differently. For kindergartners, it may be their first time being away from home for an extended amount of time. To make students feel welcome, plan a tour to meet the staff and get familiar with the school building. A fun and effective way of organizing a school tour is to have it be lead by a storybook character who had the same feelings your student was nervous about. A character that is experiencing their first day with a positive outcome. There are many first day read-alouds, particularly books that translate well into a tour.
No Prep Activities
Back To School No Prep Sheets from Alleah Maree: Need some fun, no-prep activities to start the year with your new students? These back to school printables, worksheets, and no-prep activities are perfect for kindergarten, first, or even second grade students! There are games, puzzles, and worksheets that cover basic math and literacy skills included. Skills includeL reading, coloring, basic writing, drawing, alphabetical order, letter matching, basic addition and subtraction, and number order. Grab these free activities for your new students today!
Reading Tips Brochure from A Teachable Teacher: I give these to parents during Orientation/Meet the Teacher. Parents learn to support their child in learning to read. Parents love this resource!
Beginning of Year Assessment
Beginning of Year Assessment for Kindergarten from Blue Sky Designs By Mrs. T: This back to school resource is perfect for assessing your kindergarten students at the beginning of the school year! It will give you a clear snapshot of where your students are sitting academically in the areas of Math and English. The student pages are ready to print and go. There is also a recording page set up for you to take notes on as you work through the assessment with your students.
10 Free Back to School Resources for K-2
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