Back to School Read Aloud Activities - Full Lesson Plans for 6 Read Alouds

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Perfect activities for the start of the year! I love that each story includes discussion questions with specific pages. Thank you!
Great books and activities to start the school year. Provided an opportunity to discuss lots of SEL things as we started a new school year.
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It is time to take those back to school read alouds to the next level. These back to school lesson plans will do just that! Read 6 back to school read alouds and complete a whole group activity, plus a small group activity! These lesson plans will set you up for a back to school season that is full of community building and academics!

Engage students in character development, family culture, classroom management, friendship building, reading skills, and creative skills.

Here's what you'll get:

6 lesson plans to go with the back to school read alouds that include..

  1. Discussion Questions for the Mentor Text
  2. A Whole Group Activity
  3. A Partner or Small Group Activity
  4. All Materials Needed for the Activities

There are digital options for Google Slides!

Perfect back to school read alouds for 3rd and 4th graders!

Why will these activities help your students grow and make the teacher happy?

Engagement- Your students will LOVE each of these stories and the activities that go with them. They focus on getting kids familiar with each other and the classroom.

Back to School Development- These products will help students learn about the classroom, character traits they need in the classroom, friendship skills, and more!

Low Prep- All you have to do is provide the books! Everything else is ready to go!

What books are used?

1. The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Lesson Focus- Living what we love instead of what others love.

2. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Lesson Focus- Creating the perfectish classroom and create things that are not perfect, but great in their own way.

3. Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

Lesson Focus- Characteristics of a good friend and good person.

4. Almost Late to School by Carol Diggory Shields

Lesson Focus- Poetry for a good classroom and friend.

5. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Lesson Focus- Controlling our emotions in school and a STEM project.

6. Adventures to School: Real-Life Journeys of Students from Around the World by Miranda Paul

Lesson Focus: Family Cultures


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sara says, "This made the first week of school so much easier! Great purchase! "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Megan says, "This was a great resource to use to start the year and connect with my students. "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kristen says, "Well thought out and easy to use. I always have a difficult time knowing what to teach the first days of school besides routines. This is a great way to get the year started!"

>>Click here to read about other back to school activities for upper elementary!<<


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Total Pages
33 pages
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Teaching Duration
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