This resource is perfect for a classroom teacher or ELL teacher looking for tons of great back to school activities to fit ALL your students' needs! This double bundle includes all back to school resources bundled together at an additional 10% off both the already-discounted Back to School Bundle and ELL Newcomer Bundle! To check out each bundle, click on the links below (links are included for all individual resources as well).
BUNDLE #1: Back to School Bundle:
1. Back to School All About Me Book:
• Teacher Instructions
• 12 Full Page Templates:
(also available in half page mini book option)
-"This is Me" (Portrait)
- "More About Me" (Traits)
- My Goals
- My Hobbies
- My Family
- When I Grow Up
- My Favorites
- My Home
- My School
- My School Favorites
- My Vacation
- What I Want to Learn
• ELL/Immigrant Student Specific Pages:
- My Country
- My Traditions
• Differentiated Writing Pages:
For writing templates that require writing, there are templates included with sentence starters or basic box fill-ins.
- My Home
- My School
- When I Grow Up
- My Goals
- 3 Different Rule-Widths of Free-Writing Pages
2. Back to School Activities/Worksheets
• Word Searches:
4 levels included with back to school vocabulary terms. Answer Keys included.
• Back to School Bingo:
“Find someone who...” Bingo is a fun icebreaker activity to have students interact and learn about each other, create their own Bingo boards, and then play! 2 Cards are included with the same questions mixed up (full page or half page option).
• Brag Bag:
Students write, or draw (both options included) about their interests, talents, and traits.
• Rules & Expectations:
Students fill in the classroom rules on a “white board”, write about why they are important, and then choose one rule to draw an example and non-example of following it.
• Venn Diagram:
Students compare and contrast the first day last year and this year (personality, feelings, first day activities etc.)
• Classroom Puzzle Display:
Includes teacher directions and student puzzle piece templates for a beautiful display. These even work well to have on student’s desk when they first come in on the first day, as something calming and unintimidating to work on while everyone gets settled.
• Morning & Dismissal Routine Countdowns:
This is a way for students to visually see what to do at the start and end of each school day.
• Classroom Map:
Students draw their own classroom map with a key (2 options included: key already filled in or blank).
• Classroom KWL:
This works well about a week into the school year to see what students are understanding about the classroom, and what questions they still have.
• My Life Timeline:
Fun, visual way for students to show some big life events they have experienced.
• Making Words:
Students make words from Back to School, New Classmates, and School Supplies. Answer key is included.
• Break the Code:
Students decode a message from the teacher (2 Options). Answer Key is included.
3. Back to School Writing Prompts/Reflection Journal
*32 Writing Prompts*
• Option #1 (no prep):
Full Page Writing Prompts
• Option #2 (little prep):
Students receive 2 pages (32 writing prompts total) that they can choose from to cut & paste into their Back to School journals.
• Option #3 (more prep)
Teacher chooses writing prompts to cut out for students to complete one at a time.
• Back to School Journals:
Full Page or Half Page (foldable mini book) options. Also comes in 3 writing rule-widths.
4. Back to School Glyphs
*4 Glyph Themes*
• Backpack Glyph:
Backpack & School Supplies
• Classroom Coloring Glyph:
Decorate a Classroom
• Lunchbox Glyph:
Lunchbox & Food
• Silly Face Drawing Glyph:
Drawing Silly Face Features
Each Glyph comes with:
Each theme includes different questions that students check off the answers to in order to create their individual glyph.
•Cut-outs (except for Classroom Glyph:
These are meant to be cut out and glued onto construction paper.
Students can use this page to color and decorate their glyph, rather than cut and glue onto another piece of paper.
This is a simple bar graph students use to record data from a question for each glyph. You can then use them to have students draw conclusions based on the data.
BUNDLE #2: ELL Newcomer Ultimate Starter Pack
1. Picture Dictionary with Vocabulary Activities
• Picture Dictionary Topics:
-School Vocabulary (2 Pages - Supplies & Routines)
-Body Parts & Five Senses
-Fruits & Vegetables
-Sports & Activities
• Vocabulary Activities:
(for each topic)
Students draw a line from the vocabulary word to its picture
-Cut & Paste:
Students cut out pictures and glue them under the appropriate vocabulary word.
-Color & Shape Coding:
Students follow simple visual directions to use a crayon to color and shape around each vocabulary word. This provides colors and shapes vocabulary reinforcement through each of the topics.
Students write the vocabulary word next to its picture.
2. Thematic Vocabulary Posters
These posters are full-sized colored sheets of the same topics covered in My Picture Dictionary (above).
3. Interactive Mini Books (Set 1)
These are simple books with repetitive sentence starters. Students cut out the pictures or phrases on the last page of their mini reader and glue them on their correct page. Each book is 9-12 pages long, which includes the cover and last page of cut-outs.
• Stories included:
-Sports & Activities: “A Rainy Day”
-Sports & Activities: “A Sunny Day”
-Daily Routines: “All About Our Days”
-School Supplies: “What’s in Your Backpack?”
-Food: “What’s for Lunch?”
-Body Parts: “My 5 Senses”
-Toys: “What’s Your Favorite Toy?”
4. Desk Name Plates
These desk name plates include shapes, colors, hundreds chart, alphabet letters & beginning sound pictures, place value, Pre-Primer and Primer sight words, left & right direction cues, and number spellings.
• ELL Option:
The hundreds chart is replaced with tons of helpful school vocabulary.
• Printing Options:
A full color, colored boxes only with white background, or grayscale desk name plate are all included.
• Editable Option:
This is an option to replace the Sight Words box or fill-in student names ahead of time. You can also replace sections of the desk name plate you would like to change for your own students by inserting text boxes.
5. School Supplies Vocabulary Unit
• Vocabulary Poster• Vocabulary Cards:
These can be used as flashcards, a word wall, or hole punched onto word ring. Labels are also included as a separate PDF with different color options and school supplies as singular nouns (for flashcards or word wall) or plural nouns (for labels). Lastly, there is an editable "create your own" labels PowerPoint for even more flexibility.
• Lift the Flap Book (2 Pages):
Students cut on the dotted lines of the cover page to create the flaps. Then, they glue the cover page to the bottom page along the center. Two cover options are available: with clipart or without clipart.
• Lift the Flap Foldable (1 Page):
This is an alternative to the lift the flap book for a 1 page option. Students cut on the dotted lines and then fold each side over the center images. They write the vocabulary term on the outside of the flap.
• Interactive Mini Reader:
This is a simple book with repetitive sentence starters. Students cut out the pictures on the last page of their mini reader and glue them on their correct page.
These provide students chances to build up from simple matching to writing with the vocabulary words. They are great for independent practice or homework.
• Discussion Starters:
Each photograph comes with an image the teacher uses to work on oral language skills through discussion. After folding the paper in half, the teacher has questions on their side and the students have the image facing them. The teacher can also see sentence starters, which can be written on the board as a support for beginning ELLs. This is great for providing vocabulary and boost writing confidence for the next activity (#8, below).
• Photography Free-Writes:
Students have space to write vocabulary from the discussion (#7, above). Then, they write about the photograph. There are 2 writing rule width options included.
• Vocabulary Cards:
Smaller vocabulary cards that are perfect for a matching game or Bingo.
• Bingo Cards
Vocabulary Words: scissors, backpack, book, ruler, pencil, eraser, crayons, glue, glue stick, notebook, paper, highlighter, calculator, pencil sharpener, tape, folder, clipboard, lunchbox
6. Back to School Go-Cabulary Oral Language Game
• Game Instructions with Visuals
• Notes for Differentiating & Game Variations
• 4 Game Boards (2 school supply vocabulary, 2 school actions vocabulary)
• 4 Game Card Sheets
• Score Cards (2 size options)
• Number Cards
7. ELL Progress Reports or Report Card Addendums
For ESL/ELLs that are difficult to grade due to low English proficiency, it can be disheartening to send home a report card with mostly 1s. These report card add-ons, or progress reports, provide a way to communicate with parents solely on their learner qualities and growth in English in academic areas.
-Included are the exact copies we use for Grades 1-8 in our district, along with more generic copies that could be used to your district’s needs (blanks for subject areas, and a date only space rather than for trimester/quarter). If there's another change you need me to make on the document to fit your district's needs please let me know by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can custom make you an additional page
8. Academic Vocabulary Notebook
• 4 Cover Options (“School Words” with boy or girl cover, “Academic Vocabulary” with plain cover or book clip art for older students)
• 5 Subject Dividers (2 Options – with/without clipart) for Science, Math, ELA/Reading, Social Studies, and Other
• 5 Subject Pages (with 1 example for each of the 4 major content areas: math, science, social studies, ELA)
9. Start from Scratch Sight Words
These ten 5-page packets are perfect for daily sight word work. Each lesson introduces 4 Dolch Pre-Primer sight words, as well as 2-4 ”Words to Know”. All “Words to Know”/vocabulary words are used in context with the target sight words. They are pictured to build background knowledge and provide support for your ELLs.
10 Sight Word Packets:
Activities Included in each packet:
1. Sight Word Find & Color Code
2. Sight Word Sentence Reading & Picture Match-Up
3. Cut, Trace, & Paste Fill-Ins
4. Sight Word Sentence Scramble
5. Sight Word Showcase
10. Differentiated Interview Page
This differentiated “All About Me” interview page is perfect for students of all levels! Visuals are included next to each category to give your ELLs and beginning readers support! This page is differentiated with 2 writing options (with dotted line or single line) and a picture-only option.
-Favorites (Food, Color, Activity, Animal, Place)
-Likes & Dislikes
-When I Grow Up