The Back to School Activities for 2nd Grade is a 44 page set of worksheets, task cards, games, a writing activity, math activities and more to keep your kids busy learning the first week. The goal of these activities, besides student learning, is to provide you as a teacher, a simple way to get to know the kids, while allowing them to get to know one another, and helping them make the transition to a new classroom.
Specifically it includes:
All About Me Worksheet
Two Truths and a Lie Icebreaker
Find Someone Who Icebreaker
Two Things for Second Grade Worksheet
Bi Means Two Worksheet
A Good Friend Worksheet
A Good Teacher Worksheet
Bucket Fillers/Bucket Dippers Worksheet
Venn Diagram - Compare and Contrast Classrooms
Venn Diagram - Compare and Contrast Myself and a Friend/Buddy
Back to School Math Worksheet (word problems)
School is Cool Worksheet (word problems)
Math About Me Worksheet
The Wonderful, Fantastic, So Good, Awesome Day Writing Activity (Take off on Judith Viorst’s Alexander book)
Procedure Review Small Group Activity
32 Task Cards to Review Procedures (and record sheet)
Detailed Teacher Notes
One of the best things about this set, besides the fact that it’s so easy to use, is the variety of activities it provides. The worksheets are great to use as morning work and will help you get to know your kids so much better. These low-stress handouts are a great way for your students to ease back into school after summer break.
The Good Friend Worksheet, A Good Teacher Worksheet, Bucket Fillers/Bucket Dippers Worksheet, and Peacemakers/Peacebreakers Worksheet are awesome to use with small groups, individually or as a review for important beginning of the year discussions. One way to use them is as a Morning Meeting follow up.
Language Arts skills are included in this set as kids are asked to do a fun writing activity called The Wonderful, Fantastic, So Good, Awesome Day, which was inspired by Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day book. Great discussions leads to great writing and talking about what things would make our best day ever (maybe starting with a maid bringing you breakfast in bed?) is a fun springboard to writing and an easy way to quickly assess student’s writing skills.
Two Things for Second Grade asks kids a number of questions like name two things that live on a farm or name two ways to travel besides a car… Perfect for second grade! There’s also a Latin/Greek root introduction page with Bi Means Two. This simple activity will help them become more aware of our language.
There are several math activities like Math About Me, as well as two separate word problem worksheets called Back to School Math and School is Cool Math.
The Procedure Review Small Group Activity helps kids review rules as they create and then present those procedures or rules in a number of ways. They might create a poem to present, make a poster, or do a skit, if you’d like them to. You can be specific as far as how you would like the students to present, or you can give the kids a bit of choice, while suggesting possible activities. Great way to reinforce procedures, while allowing kids to work together collaboratively.
Lastly, are the task cards. Oh, I do love task cards! The kids see them as just plain fun and a chance to move around the room but I know better. These task cards give kids real life school scenarios and ask what they would do. It gives kids a chance to move beyond just the stating of a rule to the application of it. Questions like “What would you do if you were stuck on a math problem but the teacher was working with a small group,” or “What would you do if the teacher was teaching a lesson and you had to use the restroom?” Good stuff and happens all the time! These 32 task cards and a class discussion afterwards will help kids internalize the things we want them to know to make our classroom run more smoothly.
I love the beginning of the year and am so happy to be able to share this set that is loaded with some of the things I do. I think these resources are ones you’ll use year after year, not only because of the variety of materials that kids enjoy, but because the activities target a number of good learning goals. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I do.
Need other grades?
Back to School Activities for 3rd Grade
Back to School Activities for 4th Grade
Back to School Activities for 5th Grade
Back to School Activities for 6th Grade
Looking for more common core items for 2nd grade?
Context Clues Task Card Bundle for Second Grade
Brain Breaks: Games, Exercises, and Creative Movement for Better Learning
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