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Looking for Ready-to-Use Back to School / Beginning of the Year Activities? Here are 20 engaging and educational literacy activities for Back to School to use with your middle or high school students. Get to know your students' personalities and get a sense of their writing and language skills at the same time. A great way to start off a new school year!
All activities in the Back to School pack can be differentiated for different ages and abilities! I have successfully used these activities with students from 5th-10th grade!
Fun two-page survey to learn about your students
Would You Rather…?
Learn more about how and what your students want to learn
Time to Hit the Books – Poetry Writing Activity
Use school themed idioms to inspire poetry for back to school!
10 Things About Me
Easy get to know you activity – use in small groups or whole class!
Things I Am Looking Forward to Learning This Year
Explore what your students want to learn in the upcoming year
Students draw their favorite summer memories on a film strip and then write
Personal Logo / Motto Activity
Students develop their own personal logo and motto
World’s Greatest Class / School
Students create a poster to advertise the merits of their school
The Perfect School
Students write about what their perfect school would be like.
The Perfect Book
Student reading survey and writing activity
Goals – Past, Present, Future
Goal setting activities
“Ball” About Me
Students will decorate a volleyball, soccer ball, or basketball with symbols, colors,
and words to represent themselves. Makes a great display!
Story of Me
Students decorate a book stack with symbols, colors and words to represent
themselves. Makes a great display!
Using social media templates, students describe their summer.
Using Instagram templates, students describe their summer.
Soundtrack of Me
Students create a playlist that represents their life.
Using Twitter as inspiration, student reflect and set goals. Excellent display!
Organizer to review ideas from last year or reflect on the summer.
Graphic organizers to list their Top 10 – blank one for you to use as you want.
Back to School Writing Prompts
Four back to school writing prompts on themed paper.
Also check out my classroom poster sets - perfect for back to school!
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(C) Addie Williams