Back to School Teacher Ideas and Freebies

Are you like me and busy checking Instagram and Pinterest for Back to School ideas?  Even though I have been teaching for many years, I get bored doing the same thing year after year.  Plan your first week of school with some of my favorite ideas and freebies.




Back to School Ideas for the First Week of School

The first week of school is always exciting and very exhausting.  These fun and exciting ideas will help your class run smoothly. 
I like to get all of my copies and put them in small Sterlite bin.  I put this First Week of School label on it from Samantha Henry.  She has also included a school calendar to put in it to keep you organized.   


I love this scratch-off Jackpot Class Reveal from Kristina Zucchino.  The students will have so much fun getting this in the mail and seeing who they have in their class. 


I like to put these positive rock star notes on Astrobright paper.  The students love getting a surprise note on their desk.


Scholastic Book Club is a great way to get bonus points and get free books for your classroom library.  I love these FREE notes from Kelly Bates at Building Brillance.  



Find a Friend is a great icebreaker for the first day of school.  Pictures are on it to help those students that struggling in reading.  You can get this First Day of School Icebreaker by clicking here.



I always do a school tour with Pete the Cat.  My students enjoy singing "Rocking in my School Shoes".  I made these math review sheets that you can use for the first month of school.  
 These editable nameplates are a great reference tool for my students.  You can get these FREE name tags from Teaching in the Tongass.  You will need to sign up to get access to this freebie.
My dear friend, Peggy Means from Primary Flourish, has these cute morning slides in her resource library.  Students know exactly what is expected of them as they start the school day. 



A Dab of Glue has these punch cards for positive behavior.  It is a great motivator for positive behavior.
Jessica Winston from the Teaching Oasis has these adorable weekly parent letters.  The best part is they are editable and free. 


I always give this Reading at Home newsletter to my parents at Open House or at conference time.  You can grab this amazing resource from All Students Can Shine.

Sailing into Second has this new student kit.  You put everything in a Ziploc bag so everything is ready when you get a new student added to your class.

Freebies for Back to School
Hope you have a great school year!

Winter Grammar Word Searches

      I have been busy reviewing grammar with my second graders.  They love doing word searches, so I created these grammar word searches for them to add a little fun in reviewing nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  Click on the winter grammar picture below for your FREE copy of grammar word searches.



Christmas Freebies and Ideas for the Classroom

Here are some of my favorite Christmas freebies to get you through the hectic weeks of December.

My students loved doing this Funky Reindeer project from Teach Starter.  They needed some help with cutting out the centers of the eyeglasses.

Christmas Reindeer


Here is a cute idea for a gift for parents from Crafty Morning.  Head on over to Crafty Morning to get your FREE template to make these adorable laminated snow globe ornaments.


I made Christmas grammar word searches for my students.  They had fun completing them while reviewing nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  You can get your FREE Christmas grammar word searches by clicking here.

Grammar Word Search

Here are some Christmas FREEBIES that you can find by clicking here.

FREE Math for 2nd Grade

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.
Freebies for the classroom
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.
Free Math Labels

5.  Caddy Labels from Perfectly Preschool
     * I shrink them to 85% and used them for my baskets. They are so bright and cheery.
School labels
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.
Second Grade Freebie

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 Freebie

8.  Amazing Work Coming Soon Signs by The Delighted Teacher
    * These signs are perfect for an Amazing Work Wall for incoming students.  The great part is  
    that they are editable so you can personalize them with the names of your students.
9. Beginning of the year freebies by Smiling and Shining in Second Grade
   * Click on the links below for your freebie.
Back to School Freebies

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
Happy first day of 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 Worksheets

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 of 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.

Free writing paper                               Free Graphic Organizer                                                      
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.