Go back to school planned and prepared. This Back to School Activity Set 1 has fun and engaging first week of school activities that your students will love. Each back to school activity has its own lesson plans.
These back-to-school activities create a welcoming and engaging environment for students. They aim to build a positive classroom community, help students feel successful, and set a positive tone for the upcoming school year.
There are 6 back to school lesson plans + activities that you can start on the first day of school and into the first two weeks of school!
Activity 1: Self-Portrait
Students draw a picture of themselves on the first day of school and the last day of school. It is amazing to see how the students drawing, and penmanship capabilities change in the span of a year.
Activity 2: Feelings Check-In
This survey is designed to gauge your students' emotions and thoughts about starting school throughout the first week of school and beyond. Use the generic sheet all year long to check students' feelings or help with restorative practices.
Activity 3: Get to Know You Dice Game
A fun way for students to get to know their classmates! Students roll a die to answer corresponding questions, encouraging genuine sharing and fostering connections in a safe classroom environment.
Activity 4: About My “Cell”F
A spin on the traditional “all about me,” students will use a cell phone to share about themselves.
Activity 5: This or That Interviews
Another fun get-to-know-you activity! Students get to know their classmates by interviewing each other with would you rather questions.
Activity 6: Goal Setting
Setting goals at the beginning of the school year helps instill a sense of purpose and motivation. Teachers also gain insight into their individual strengths, interests, and areas for improvement. This information allows for personalized instruction and support.
Activity 7: Let's Taco ‘Bout 2nd/3rd Grade
Students create a fun taco-shaped booklet to recap their first day of 2nd/3rd grade.
Activity 8: Get to Know You Cootie Catchers
Cootie catchers serve as an engaging get-to-know-you activity where students make connection with each other!
Activity 9: School Supplies Directed Drawings
Through step-by-step guidance, students gain confidence in their drawing skills
Activity 10: Treat Others with Kindness Classroom Banners
Students reflect about the importance of treating others with kindness and respect in their classroom.
Activity 11: We Follow the Rules
Students explore the concept of following classroom rules/expectations with a fun cut and paste sort!
Activity 12: Letter to My Teacher
In this heartwarming lesson, students are encouraged to write a special letter to their teacher at the beginning of the school year.