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Make this your best Back to School ever with our Back to School Bundle! This bundle includes four of our most popular back to school activities: Growth Mindset Activities - Digital and Printable, Back to School Escape Room - Printable, Back to School Classroom Procedures Game Board, and Meet the Teacher Slides to make your back to school lesson planning a breeze.
The Growth Mindset resource includes five days of engaging lesson plans to help your students understand how the brain works! Students will learn about parts of the brain, how the brain works, fixed mindset versus growth mindset, famous failures, and developing grit. By the end of this unit, your students will see that their brains literally grow! It includes both printable and digital formats.
The Back to School Escape Room is a fun team building activity for the beginning of the year. Students get to know one another as they work cooperatively to problem solve and uncover the codes needed to unlock the school. Four versions make it easy to differentiate and pick activities that are just right for your students.
The Back to School Classroom Procedures Game Board makes the task of teaching classroom procedures fun! Students will not only learn the appropriate classroom rules and procedures, but they will also learn what not to do, apply the procedures to everyday situations, and they'll even have a chance to act them out! They will enjoy this fun, interactive, activity that gets them up and moving. Students will love reviewing classroom rules with this fun game!
Our Meet the Teacher Slides make planning for back to school night or open house a breeze. This resource includes 32 slides to help you share fun facts and details about yourself as well as important information about your classroom that students and parents need to know. These slides are ready for you to customize and make personal! You can even add pictures and text into each slide to make it your own.
This money-saving Back to School Bundle will save you valuable time at the beginning of the year. These low-prep resources are ready to use, so you have more time for rearranging desks, organizing supplies, and getting to know your students. Students will love the interactive, engaging activities and come to view your classroom as a place where learning is fun. This bundle is designed for grades 2-5.
1. Growth Mindset Activity - Digital and Printable
- 5 days of Growth Mindset activities
- Day 1: The Brain AKA "The Boss"
- Day 2: Parts of the Brain
- Day 3: Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
- Day 4: Mistakes and Famous Failures
- Day 5: Developing Grit
- Printable and digital versions
- 47 teaching and interactive growth mindset Google slides with audio on each teaching slide
- A link to download a PowerPoint version of the resource
- 16 printable pages of reading passages and activities
- Detailed teacher directions
- A lesson sequence to help with planning
Check out THIS video to learn more about this Growth Mindset Activity.
2. Back to School Escape Room - Printable
- 4 different PDFs with six different activities to solve for codes
- 2nd & 3rd grade with hints
- 2nd & 3rd grade without hints
- 4th & 5th grade with hints
- 4th and 5th grade without hints
- Detailed teacher directions, FAQs, and links to Google forms to submit answers and check codes
- Student recording sheet
- Answer key
3. Back to School Classroom Procedures Game Board
- Printable board game
- Printable spinner
- 64 prefilled procedure cards
- Editable PowerPoint file for you to customize your own procedure cards
4. Meet the Teacher Slides
- 32 colorful Google slides with to share both personal and classroom information
- 4 customizable “extra” slides
- Detailed Teacher Directions
- Directions on how to convert to a PowerPoint file
How it to Use it in the Classroom:
This activity includes a digital and a printable version.
The digital version includes 47 different Google Slides for use with Google Classroom. This is a great option if your copy budget is limited or if you are in a 1:1 classroom. Kids love working on devices. Students will interact with the slides by manipulating digital tools, typing in responses, and reflecting on their learning.
Audio is also included on all the teaching slides. When students press on the audio button, they will have the slides read to them. This added feature is awesome for younger grades as well as your struggling readers.
There’s also a PowerPoint version for use with other LMS.
We’ve also included a printable option for you to use in class. Simply download the printable PDF and make a copy for each student in your class. I recommend making a packet for each student.
Students can write directly on the pages and complete the puzzles and games in their packets. The printable version can be used as whole group, individually, or in centers.
This Growth Mindset activity is a great resource to use at the beginning of the year.
- Assign the digital version in classrooms that have 1:1 devices - post in Google classroom or another LMS
- Use the printable version in the classroom
- Use a combination of the two - use the digital teaching slides to present material and allow students to complete the activities on the printable slides
- Work on the project (digital or printable) as a class during a whole group lesson
- Use the digital version in the classroom during centers and allow the students working on technology to work on growth mindset
- Incorporate the Growth Mindset activities into your SEL lessons
- Use in conjunction with read alouds about Growth Mindset
- Place the printable activity in centers
- Use during morning work or for fast finishers
- This activity will take between 30-45 minutes per day 5 days
Back to School Escape Room
Prep the materials:
- There are 6 different lock combinations that your students will need to figure out using the given clues.
- Print off all the task cards, laminate them (or put them in sheet protectors), and place in envelopes labeled 1 -6.
- Students will also need a dry erase marker to write on some of the task cards.
- If doing this activity in small groups, you will want to make multiple copies and envelopes.
- Print recording sheets or provide access to a computer and Google forms to submit and check answers.
Do the Escape Room challenge:
- Start the game by reading the background story and setting a timer, if desired.
- Pass out the first envelope and let the games begin!
- When students solve the first puzzle there are 3 ways for them to check their answer:
- Students can type their code into the Google forms document. If the code is correct it will move students on to the next task. If it is incorrect, students will be encouraged to try again. This makes it super easy for you. You can focus your attention on the game and not on checking locks every couple minutes.
- Students can also write their answers on the laminated clue sheets with an expo marker and have you check the answers.
- Or, students can use the provided recording sheets to record their answers for you to check. If their answers are correct, give them the envelope with the next clue. An answer key is included.
- There are two different levels to choose from. One level is geared towards 2nd & 3rd grade students and the other is for 4th and 5th grade students. In each level, you will find two more versions. There is a version that has hints on the clue task cards, making this version a little easier for students. There is also a version without hints, making this activity more challenging for students.
- You can play this as a whole group activity, in small groups, with partners, or individually.
How long will this activity take to complete?
- That’s really up to you. We’ve included slides with 30 and 45 minute deadlines. But we’ve also included a slide without any time limit and one a deadline that you can fill in. How long the activity will take depends on the age of your students, whether you choose to use the hints or not, and whether you complete the activity in whole groups, small groups, or individually.
Back to School Classroom Procedures Game Board:
How to Play:
- Print out the game board and spinners. Add playing pieces for each student (game pieces of manipulatives).
- All players will place their board markers on the starting circle.
- One player will start the game by using the spinner.
- Whatever color the spinner lands on, the player will move their marker to the first spot with that color on it.
- The player will then pick up the procedure card that matches the color they landed on, and will read the card out loud. The bottom of the procedure card will tell you whether to move ahead or back spaces.
- Once they finished moving ahead or back, it is the next player’s turn
There are 4 different color procedure cards. Each category has its own color.
- Blue cards: Great Job cards. These cards give an example of a student following a procedure correctly, then the player will get to move forward two spaces.
- Pink cards: Uh Oh cards. These cards give an example of a student not following a procedure correctly. The player will have to move back two spaces.
- Yellow cards: Application cards, they give a situation and the player will need to respond with what they should do. These cards allow the player to move forward three spaces.
- Green cards: Act It Out cards. The player will need to act out the correct procedure, they will then move forward three spaces.
How to Use it in the Classroom:
- This game is designed to be played after you have introduced the classroom procedures.
- Use this as a center at the beginning of the school year.
- Do it as a whole group activity. Print off multiple game sets. Ideally you don’t want more than 4 or 5 players to a game.
- Use this as a procedure review after long breaks or when you feel your students could use a reminder.
- After you have taught procedures, this game will take between 20-30 minutes to play in the classroom.
Meet the Teacher Slides:
- Fill in the missing information, add photos and personal details
- Present to students and/or families on your classroom whiteboard
- These slides are also perfect for sharing through Zoom or other video-conferencing tools.
- Post your slides on Google Classroom so families who missed the event can still get the information.
- Create a QR code for the slides to share with families.
❤️ Low or No-Prep Back to School activities save valuable time at the beginning of the school year. You don’t have to spend your summer vacation prepping complicated activities
❤️ Fun and engaging activities build classroom community and set the tone for a fun year of learning
❤️ Help kids get to one know one another and practice working collaboratively while establishing a solid foundation for learning
Q: What grade level is this resource for?
A: This resource was created for use in grades 2 through 5.
Q:What resources are included in this Back to School Bundle?
A: This product includes both a printable and digital version of the Growth Mindset activities, Printable Back to School Escape Room, Back to School Classroom Procedures Game Board, and Meet the Teacher Slides.
Q: Where do I find the Google Slides for the Growth Mindset activity?
A: The links on page 4 of the pdf will take you to the Google Slides.
Q: How do I download this as a PowerPoint file for the Growth Mindset activity?
A: On the bottom of page 5, called PowerPoint file, there is a "click here to download" link. This will download the PowerPoint.
Q: How much time will it take to complete the Growth Mindset activity in the classroom?
A: This depends on the age of your students and whether you complete activities as a whole group or independently. But this activity was designed to take about 30 minutes per day over the course of a week. As always, you can modify that to fit your schedule.
Q: How do I access the audio in the Growth Mindset activity?
A: Students can access the audio by clicking on the microphone in the upper left hand corner of the slides. If your students are having trouble, need “permission,”
or cannot access the audio please check with your school’s IT department to see if they can grant your students access to Google Drive files outside of the school domain.
Q: Why are there so many pdfs in the Back to School Escape Room?
A: One is detailed teacher directions with links to the Google forms. The other ones are two versions for second and third grade (with and without hints) and two versions for fourth and fifth grade (with and without hints).
Q: What is the difference between the 2nd and 3rd grade versions and the 4th and 5th grade versions of the Back to School Escape Rooms?
A: There are a couple of tasks that require math skills (#1 and #4). Those tasks have been modified to be grade level appropriate for lower and upper grades.
Q: How long will the Escape Room take?
A: That’s really up to you. We’ve included slides with 30 and 45 minute deadlines. But we’ve also included a slide without any time limit and one a deadline that you can fill in. How long the activity will take depends on the age of your students, whether you choose to use the hints or not, and whether you complete the activity in whole groups, small groups, or individually.
Q: How do students check their answers for the Escape Room?
A: Students can type their code into the Google forms document. If the code is correct it will move students on to the next task. If it is incorrect it will encourage them to try again. This makes it super easy for you. You can focus your attention on the game and not on checking locks every couple minutes. Students can also write their answers on the laminated clue sheets with an expo marker and have you check the answers. Or, students can use the provided recording sheets to record their answers for you to check. If their answers are correct, give them the envelope with the next clue. An answer key is included for options 2 and 3.
Q: How do the students submit their answers to the Escape Room in Google forms?
A: Once students have submitted all their answers correctly in the Google forms they will see an image that congratulates them for finishing the Escape Room. At the bottom there will be a button to submit the assignment. Once they submit their assignment you will be able to see who has completed the assignment.
Q: Can I customize Classroom Procedures game cards with my own rules?
A: Yes! We have included editable cards. The game is completely customizable.
Q: How long will it take to play the Classroom Procedures game?
A: Once you have reviewed the classroom procedures, students can play the game in about 15-20 minutes.
Q: Is it possible to download the Meet the Teachers Slides as a PowerPoint? We do not use Google Classroom in my district.
A: You can download this resource from your google drive as a PowerPoint. When you open the resource in your google drive, click file, and in the drop down click download, then choose powerpoint. Hope this helps!
Q: Can I edit the Meet the Teacher slides?
A: You can add your own information to all of the slides and we have included 4 “extra” slides for you to add additional information.
Other Back to School Resources:
Back to School Brown Bag Activity for Google Classroom
Back To School Digital Escape Room for Google Classroom