Freebie Frenzy for Back to School

Back to school is just around the corner.  I am always excited and anxious to get my classroom set up and implement new ideas that I have seen on Pinterest.  If you are like me, you like to mix things up and try new things.  I get bored doing the same thing year after year.

The following is a list of items that I like and use in my classroom.  Please remember to leave feedback if you get an item FREE from TPT.  

1.  First Day of School Kool-Aid Tags from Teaching Times 2
     *Perfect for a little treat on the first day of school.

2.  Meet the Teacher Stations from First Grade Parade
     * These signs are simple and cute for Back to School night and they are editable.
3. Sweet Treats Donation Sign and Cupcakes from HappyHill
    *A great way to ask for classroom donations. 

4.  Math Manipulative Labels from Sheil Melton
     * I love that they are real photos of the various math manipulatives.

5.  Caddy Labels from Perfectly Preschool
     * I shrink them to 85% and used them for my baskets. They are so bright and cheery.
6.  Print and Go Dictionary from Smiling and Shining in Second Grade
    *I put this in sheet protectors and the students use it when they need to spell a sight word.

7.  Back to School Math from Smiling and Shining in Second Grade
      *Here is a resource with basic math that is perfect for the beginning of second grade.
Second Grade Math

8. Beginning of the year freebies by Smiling and Shining in Second Grade
   * Click on the links below for your freebie.

Find a Friend

Morning Work Freebie
Superhero Positive Notes
Skip Counting Freebie

Back to School Freebies and Ideas

Summer will be over before we know it.  I am going through my files and searching Pinterest for ideas for back school ideas.  I am sharing with you some of my favorite Back to School freebies for the beginning of the school year.

Find a Friend is a great icebreaker for the first day of school.  It gets your students out of their seats and learning about their new classmates.  You can get your FREE copy of Find a Friend by clicking on the picture.

Find a friend
Back to School Freebie
A great and easy way to praise your students is with these positive notes.  I like to put them on my students' desks while they are out of the room.  They get excited to see the note and it lets them know their teacher appreciates them and is proud of them!

Back to school ideas
Back to School
Back to school freebie
I use Go Noodle for brain breaks and when it is too hot to go outside for P.E.  I found these FREE Go Noodle Coupons from Erica Bohrer.  They are a great way to reinforce positive behavior and the best part is that it cost you any money!  Click on the picture to get your free copy.
I give my students this review booklet that I made that reviews many first grade skills.  I have them complete a page a day while I take attendance and lunch count.  It is a great way to informally assess my students.  You can purchase this from my TPT store.

Back to School Booklet

Second Grade Review

I put these mini dictionaries in binders for my students.  You can grab your free mini dictionary by clicking on the picture.

second grade word list

Opinion Writing: The Best Pet

My class has been busy writing opinions on which animal makes the best pet.  When we begin a unit of study, I like to read lots of books to my students so they get lots ideas on a topic.  Then we do lots of brainstorming together and I model many times.

Opinion Writing:  The Best Pet

Here is a great video to introduce opinion writing.

I like to start the unit by reading the book, Write an Opinion! by Kristen McCurry.  It is a great way to introduce what an opinion is.  We continue reading other books for ideas on what makes a good pet.  After brainstorming ideas, my students fill in their graphic organizers and begin their rough draft.  Click on the picture below for your free copy of the graphic organizer and writing paper.

I have included links to my favorite books to use when teaching opinion writing unit of study. (contains affiliate links)  Click on the book and it will take you to Amazon.      

Valentine's Day Ideas and Activities

It is hard to believe that February is just around the corner.  Here are some ideas, activities, and freebies to help you plan for the upcoming month.

Directed Drawing
My students love to draw.  I found this directed drawing activity on YouTube by Cassie Stephens.   We used oil pastels for the first time and the students had a blast drawing the various animals. 


My students enjoy going to centers.  This gives me time to work with individual students or small groups.  These Valentine's Day centers include missing addends, word problems. skip counting, adjectives, synonyms. telling time, and mental math.  A Valentine's review booklet is also included in the packet.  It is a great review for second graders.  You can check it out HERE.

Second Grade Math Centers

I found this FREE resource from Curriculum Castle.  Students predict whether candy hearts sink or float.  They also observe what happens to the candy when it is dropped into different liquids.  It is an easy way to incorporate science into your curriculum.  

I give my students morning work that reviews the skills that I have taught them.  It is also a quick informal assessment that tells me which students need additional help.  You can get your FREE copy by clicking the picture below.  You can buy the packet at my TpT store.

Second grade morning work

I found this adorable bulletin board FREEBIE and writing activity from Primarily Speaking.  

Grab these counting money task cards HERE.

Counting money task cards

Need more ideas and freebies for February?  Check out another post here.

First Day of School in Second Grade

It is hard to believe summer is over and school is back in session.  I would like to share with you some activities that I like to do with my students.

I like my students to feel comfortable and to meet the other students in our classroom.  Find A Friend activity is a great ice breaker on the first day of school.  It gets them up and moving and is a great way to get to know their new classmates.

You can get a FREE copy of Find a Friend by clicking on the picture.

Next, I like to read Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes. My students love singing along with the music.  You can purchase the book by clicking the picture.  It will take you to my affiliate link for Amazon.


After I read the book, we go on a tour of the school and follow the clues that Pete the Cat has left us.  The students love finding the clues.  You can get a copy of the tour from Inspired by Kindergarten.   When we return to class, we have a snack of Goldfish crackers.  You can get the FREE tags by clicking the picture below. 

One of my favorite books to read the first day of school is Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.  You can purchase the book by clicking on my affiliate link:   Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids (Bucketfilling Books)

I also like the book called How Full is Your Bucket?  Here is my affiliate link: 
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer (2009) Paperback

You can get this great FREEBIE below from Alisha, The Bubbly Blonde Teacher.  It has some great activities to go with the book.

This is my favorite book to read to my students at the beginning of the year.  I highly recommend reading is What Should Danny Do?   to your class.   This is an interactive book with 9 different endings.  It teaches children that our choices shape our lives.  My students want me to read this story over and over again.   Click on the book for my affiliate link:  

Another great book to read to your class is called We're All Wonders by R.A. Palacio.  It is about a boy that is different from other children.  He hopes people will change the way they see things and see wonder in everyone!  Click on the picture for another Amazon affiliate link.

I like to see what skills my students remember from first grade.  This gives me a quick informal assessment of where each one of my students are at academically.   We will do a few pages together and then each morning as I take attendance, they complete a page on their own.  You can get it in my TPT store.

Review for second grade

Review for second grade

Click here and here for more back to school ideas.

I hope you have a wonderful school year!