Are you ready for the first week of school!? This back to school unit is JAM PACKED with lessons, activities, printables, bulletin board ideas, classroom management and behavior tools, and games for your K-2 classroom. I was tired of always scrambling to create, find, and plan all of the activities I do with my students during our first week together, so I decided to put them all into one easy to use packet – and share it with you! There are 83 pages of ideas in this pack to make planning your first week together engaging, exciting, and easy! The first week of school is a magical one for our students – filled with fun and learning, as well as a thirst for what’s to come throughout the school year. I know your kindergarten through second grade students will just eat these activities up! The activities contain differentiated pages so that you can choose the printable and activity that best meets your students’ and grade level needs. There are also both color and black-and-white options available for the class book and games.
This pack is a collection of what I do with my students during our first week together, however, most of these activities could be used at any time of the year!
What’s included in this download:
p. 4: Suggested First Week of School Book List
pp. 5-7 Magic Dough instructions, poem, and activity/lab report printable
pp. 8-15 “Our Class Rules” Class Book with differentiated book pages and both a color and black-and-white copy.
pp. 16-17 “All About Me” Foldable Book –2 versions (words and pictures only for kindergarten/first grade)
p. 18 “All About Me” Poster
pp. 19-21 Rainbow Reports: Directions, About Me, About My Friend
pp. 22-33 Our Hopes and Dreams Activity and Bulletin Board Letters (Differentiated)
pp. 34-36 The Kissing Hand Printable Take Home Card with Original Poem I wrote
p. 37 I Spy…Classroom Edition: We’re Going on a Classroom Hunt!
pp. 38-41 My First Day Writing Prompts –Differentiated Versions for K-2 students
p. 42 My Purple Plastic Purse Show & Tell: Extension Activity
p. 43-44 “I feel _____” Activity & Assessment
pp. 45-46 Wrinkles On My Heart Activity/Template: A Lesson on Kindness
pp. 47-49 Marshmallow Management Activity for the Hallway: Poem Poster and Anchor Chart Cards
pp. 50-52 Class Rules Scenario Cards
pp. 53-59 Quiet Chant and Attention Getters Posters & Blank Template
pp. 60 Recess Rules Foldable Mini Book
pp. 61-65 M&M Math Activity (Sorting Sheet and Differentiated Math Printables)
pp. 66-72 Number Race Games: Race to 20, Race to 100, Race to 120
pp. 73-78 Back to School Math Bump – Versions for Kindergarten through Second Grade Students
p. 79 Back to School Word Search
pp. 80-82 Back to School Coloring Pages for First Week “Fillers”
p. 82 Credits & Thank You
Please download the Preview Version to see a glimpse of what is included in this back to school pack!
I hope you have fun and enjoy these back to school activities as much as I do with your students. :)
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