Back To School Literacy Activities


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  1. If You Give Me a Bundle Set #2- features a second set of Literacy & Math activities all year long for Prek, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd inspired by the If You Give series by Laura Numeroff.20 Topics Included:CampingJuly 4thBack to SchoolPirateHalloweenVeterans DayTurkeyNative AmericansElfRei
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Back to School activities include is 216 pages in length.

What's Included?

page 2 First Day of School Self Portraits- A cute activity for the first day of school. Include them in your student portfolios to see their progress over the year!

pages 5-60 OWL Booklet-

"If You Give an Owl an Oreo" Book for PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st, inspired by Laura Numeroff. This is perfect for your Back to School Unit! Simply print, cut, and staple! Students can read this Back to School book individually, or as a class! This could be used in small group activity, or in a literature center! Each Back to School book(4 differentiated books total) is 12 pages in length, including a cover page. Students will love reading the book, filling in the blanks, and cutting and pasting the cutouts to make this fun Back to School book just in time for the new school year! *Please Note: All student version booklets now come with two booklets per page for easy cutting and copying.

pages 61-70 Back to School Vocabulary Cards & Write The Room

There are 24 Back to School Vocabulary cards in total. Laminate and hang cards around the classroom. Then, have students practice writing the words using the recording sheets included.

pages 71-83 Back to School Math Center

Also included in the Back to School packet, an original counting and subtracting activity. This Back to School Subtracting & Adding activity is an active learning activity so students can actually feed an owl(or teacher) school supply manipulatives. This would be great for math centers / work stations to practice counting and subtracting!

pages 84-100 Back to School Pocket Chart Center

Back to School poem emergent reader included. After they have read their emergent readers, students may practice putting the back to school poem together as a pocket chart center. Additional back to school response page included.

pages 101-113 Beginning Sounds Literacy Center

Match the initial sound pictures to the correct letter. Then have your students complete the beginning sounds work pages.

pages 114-124 Back to School Poetry & Craft

Students can glue their poems down onto their poetry journals then practice copying it onto their craft. School Craft with picture instructions included.

pages 125-143 PB&J Activities

-“Peanut Butter” song- A fun song to sing together.

-“Peanut Butter and Jelly” by Nadine B. Westcott- lesson plan and writing activity

-Homemade Peanut Butter-Recipe and Instructions included. After they taste it, have students compare/contrast the homemade peanut butter with the store bought version.

-PB&J Printables- Activate prior knowledge with these printables.

pages 144-149 How to make a PB&J Writing

Students can write the steps to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in pb&j booklet. Additional writing pages included.

pages 150-171 “How to make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich” Emergent Reader

I have written an emergent reader that features real life pictures and a student version for independent practice. I have also included a sequence of events activity with real life pictures. Students can use them to sequence the steps to make a pb&j sandwich.

pages 172-177 PB&J Extension Activities

Whole Group Activity "Do you like peanut butter & jelly?" Distribute answer sheets, collect data, then discuss results and have students graph the data and complete their favorite recipe sheet.

pages 178-189 Alphabet Matching Literacy Center

Place cards in pocket chart, then have students match the letters (uppercase and lowercase are both included).Students can record their letter matches onto the corresponding recording sheet.

pages 190-204 Back to School Activities

I have included a variety of activities to use during the first weeks of school:

-Classroom Treasure Hunt- students search the classroom for supplies, checking each item off as they find it.

-Classroom Map- students create a map of the classroom.

All About Me Bags- students draw a portrait of themselves onto their bags then take the bag home and fill them with items that describe who they are. Finally, have students “show and tell” their items.

Find a Friend- great icebreaker activity! Students circulate the classroom and meet new friends.

Classroom Trail Mix- Make a classroom trail mix with your students. Then, scoop a cup of the trail mix per student. Once students have their trail mix, they can complete the graph. Recipe and Snack bag labels included.

pages 205-216 Back to School Ten Frames

Have students count the correct number on the ten frames then match it to the correct number word or numeral. Numbers 1-12 are provided. Finally, students can complete the ten frame pages included.

NOTE The HOW TO MAKE A PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICH writing and extension activities are also sold separately. Click below to see more details.

How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.


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