Back to School Activities - First Week of School for Secondary Students

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Great literacy work for students that can be used for the first week back. Looking forward to more future purchases from this TPT seller!
I enjoyed all the activities. I learned so much about my students within those first day. I was able to look into their lives and understand their backgrounds.
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Engage your new students from day one with these 11 back-to-school activities that are ideal for the first day and first week of school! This Back-to-School Activities Packet is ideal for middle and high school students, and it is filled with beginning-of-the-year ice breakers and activities you and your students will love!

You and your students will get to know each other and start the school year on the right foot with these beginning-of-the-year activities. These 11 first-week-of-school activities are designed to help students get to know each other and become more familiar with the class.

The Middle and High School Back-to-School Resource Includes:

  1. About Me Student Survey
  2. About Me Graphic Organizer
  3. About Me Social Media Profile*
  4. Plot Elements of Summer
  5. About Me Top 10 Lists
  6. Classroom Rules and Policies Word Search (with key)
  7. About Me Classroom Quilt (3 designs)*
  8. About You Partner Interview Activity (with two options)
  9. About Us Group Scavenger Hunt
  10. Find Someone Who
  11. About Me Personal Narrative Essay (with two included rubrics)

*indicates bulletin board activities that are perfect for Back to School Night.

Your students will love these back-to-school activities because they were designed with older students in mind. Students will be engaged, getting to know one another, and excited about the school year!

All of these probability activities use manipulatives and materials readily available in most classrooms, but I've also included printable manipulatives just in case you need them.

Prep is quick and easy... Just print the student pages, gather the materials listed, and you're ready for a fun and engaging class!

This back-to-school activity packet also includes the following:

  • Three pages of teacher instructions
  • 11 different back-to-school activities
  • Bulletin board ideas (great for decorating your room with your students)
  • Easy partner matching
  • Easy group matching (includes color and B&W options)


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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ashley J. says, "What an awesome way to get to know new students! There is more in this bundle than I could ever use. I loved doing the classroom quilt and personal narrative with my students. It was clear that the quilt activity made my students open up. They were eager to explain the drawings and pieces of each quilt to me. I look forward to using this resource in future years. "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Anice B. says, "There are a lot of great resources for elementary school students, but not as many for students in grades 7-12. This one was EXCELLENT for secondary students! Thank you so much!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Katie P. says, "I loved all of the different options for students to tell me about themselves at the beginning of the year. I got to learn so much about my students, and they were excited to tell me about their favorite things!"


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Total Pages
32 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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