Back to School activities for First Grade
contains 21 activities for beginning of the year review and classroom community building. These activities are perfect for setting classroom routines and building student confidence during the first weeks of school. Having children do activities that allow them to easily show off what they remember from kindergarten helps them feel positive about their First Grade experience right away! The following activities are included in this packet:
I Can Write My Name
is a graphing game that gives students an opportunity to review writing their names correctly in a fun way. First, they spin the spinner. Next, they write their name using the indicated writing tool. They continue until one column reaches the top.
I Can Graph School Supplies
is a graphing and interpreting data activity. Simply place a basket of the indicated school supplies at each table group or at a center. Students can sort and graph the supplies. They interpret their graph on the back of the paper.
My New Friend
is a community building activity. Students interview a new friend and record the responses on their paper. It would work well to put children in partners for this activity. Afterwards, you can have a sharing circle and let children share what they learned about each other.
I Can Write My Alphabet
is a good warm-up review for the beginning of the school year. It can also be used for an informal assessment.
I Can Write My Numbers
is a review for writing numbers 1-20. It can also be used for an informal assessment.
I Can Find My Sight Words
is a word search for reviewing simple sight words. Children LOVE this activity!
Summer Fun Writing
gives students an opportunity to write about a particularly fun day they had during the summer. It's a good review for narrative writing. Both portrait and landscape versions are included.
Here I am in First Grade
is an open-ended writing page that can be used during the first week or two of school. Students can write about anything having to do with their first days back. You can give them a prompt or let them decide on their own. Both portrait and landscape versions are included.
All About Me on My 1st Day of School
is a mini-poster for remembering the things that make the first day of school so much fun. Many children bring new backpacks and wear a new outfit. There are places for them to record what they are wearing, what their new things look like, and what they ate for their first day of school breakfast and lunch. This could be saved to put in a memory book at the end of the year.
First Day Jitters
is a writing response sheet to use after reading the book First Day Jitters
by Julie Danneberg. Students compare how they felt before school started and how they are feeling now.
How Did We Get to School Today?
Students survey the class to gather data and then show the data on a graph. They interpret the data on the back of the paper.
My First Day of School
is a "read and color" booklet for students to take home on the first day of school. They color the pages and practice reading the book. It's a fun way for them to tell their parents about their new teacher and friends in the class. There are also pages that help them tell about things they did on their first day.
is an easy way to start your community building in the classroom. The self-portraits make a very nice bulletin board display and help students learn the names of all their classmates. The portraits can be added to a memory book at the end of the school year.
How Many Letters Are in Your Name?
This is always the favorite published book in our class library. Take a photograph of each of your students. They color the frame on their own class book page and glue their picture in the frame. Next, they write their name in the designated spot as shown on my sample page. Finally, they count the letters in their name and write the number in the blank. I have included a printable cover for the class book as well. Staple or bind the pages together with the cover and a back and add it to your class library. My students absolutely love this book!
August and September Calendars
are both included. Students fill in the numbers on the calendar and color the pictures. They can also mount their calendars on construction paper and add yarn to make hanging calendars.
Our Class Birthdays
is a community building activity and a motivating way to get some math practice in as well. Students graph the birthdays in the class and then interpret the data on the graph.
The Best Part of the Day
is a fun warm-up writing journal to use for the first week of school as you are establishing writing behaviors and expectations. It's a good activity to do at the end of the day. You can start with a class sharing circle where each child shares the best part of their day. This can be a great community building activity as often new friendships or positive interactions with classmates are shared. In their journals, the students draw pictures illustrating the best part of their day and write a few sentences explaining it. At the end of the week, they can take the journal home.
Writing Words with Vowels and Consonants
is a review worksheet for identifying letters as vowels or as consonants and writing words.
I Can Add!
This is a simple printable for reviewing addition facts. Students choose numbers from their paper and write them in the dotted addend boxes. They solve to find the sum and record their equations on the worksheet.
I Can Subtract!
This is a color-by-code worksheet for practicing subtraction facts within 5.
Kindness Counts Chain
is a community building activity for helping students treat each other kindly. You can have a class discussion to talk about kind actions and words. Children make a kindness chain to take home. They can color and decorate their chain links or you can run the chain links on different colors of paper. They cut them out and glue them together to form their kindness chain.
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