Back to School Activities for ELA First Day of School Ideas Middle School

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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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What educators are saying

This helped feel dead time on those first days while I am collecting paper work. It also let me get to know the students in a nonthreatening manner.
My fifth-graders loved the deserted island acitivy. Great activities to use at the start of a new school year with intermediate-grade students.

Learning Objective

Students will share information about themselves with their teachers and classmates.


Be prepared with back to school activities for ELA! Feel confident for the first day or first week of school in any ELA class with these 10 ready-to-print activities. Included are student surveys, a goal setting writing prompt, getting to know you activities, and more!

You will build community, break the ice, and learn a lot about your students! These are beginning of the year ELA activities you will want to use for years to come.

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This Download Contains:

  • Student information survey
  • Classmate interview activity
  • Learning survey (ELA specific)
  • “Find Someone Who” game
  • ELA trivia activity
  • Student/Teacher expectations worksheet
  • Rewards/Consequences worksheet
  • Goals writing prompt
  • Desert Island team-building activity
  • Schedule and locker break planner


  • Color and black & white PDF versions


  • Ready to use, interactive Easel Activity

No prep--just print and use!

Teachers are saying:

♥ “A fun and practical way (as in time-saver!!) to start off the new school year. It
provided a refreshing addition to my toolbox.”

♥ “Love all the options that are available with this resource, so I can pick and
choose depending on class.”

♥ “I still refer to these sheets that my students completed on the first day of school.
They give me great insight.”


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