21 Back to School Freebies for First and Second Grade

Back to School is just around the corner for me.  I thought I would help you start your school year off with a bunch of freebies to use in your classroom.  You can download the first-day resource with clickable links at the bottom of this post.

Here are some amazing resources for Back to School Night.  I have been using these resources for years and makes my life so much easier.  I give parents the Reading at Home letter to stress the importance of reading.  I use the Back to School PowerPoint to introduce myself and the classroom rules to parents.  The best part is that they are all FREE!

My students are always shy on the first day of school.  I love playing Find a Friend Scavenger Hunt.  It has pictures to help students that have difficulty reading.  It gets the students up and moving.  I give them the word search so I can take attendance.  

My friend Shannon from Life Between Summer has a letter to encourage kindness.  It encourages students to wear a T-shirt with a positive message.  This is a great way to promote social and emotional well-being in your classroom.  I put up the amazing work signs so I don't have an empty bulletin board.  My students love looking for their name.

Back to School FREEBIES

 Here are some more fun activities to keep your students busy.  
 The first few weeks of school I like to give back lots of positive reinforcement.  It is important for students to know that you care and make them feel safe at school.  My students love the scratching to see what their reward is going to be such as first in line, choose a brain break, etc. 

Check out this spiral review morning work for first and second grade.  

  Here are a few more of my favorite free resources for you to check out.  Remember, the clickable link is at the bottom of this post.

Morning Work Freebies

I give my students a spiral review morning work while I take lunch count and attendance.  It is a great way to informally assess your students.  Daily warm-ups keep skills and concepts fresh in your students' minds.

Free morning work for first grade and second grade

Grammar Freebie

These sample grammar review sheets are a comprehensive review of the Common Core Standards for second grade. They are a great way to make sure your students are getting a daily spiral review of the written language conventions for Common Core. These grammar printables are designed for students to practice and review essential grammar skills. It is a great supplement to your existing language arts program. It is best used second and third trimester after the students have been taught many of the skills.

Click here to get your FREE copy of the Grammar Spiral Review for second grade.

Morning Work for Second Grade

This second-grade spiral review morning work involves math, phonics, and language arts practice.  Students need repetition and constant exposure to various skills in order to master them.  Try this resource with your class and let me know what you think.

Click here to get your FREE copy of Second Grade Morning Work.

Morning Work for First Grade

This first-grade morning work is a spiral review of math and language arts skills.

Click here to get your FREE copy of First Grade Morning Work.

Counting Money Freebie 

My students need extra practice with counting money.  I created this counting money resource so they could get more practice than what was in our math book. 

Click here to get your FREE copy of Counting Money.

Free Resources for Second Grade

I have been busy making packets for my students since distance learning is in effect for the rest of the school year.  Many parents have requested paper and pencil activities for their child.  

Morning Work for Second Grade Freebie

Here are some sample pages that you can try with your students.  It includes both math and literacy on one page.  Some skills that are included in the free packet are counting money, place value, commas, adjectives, letter writing, synonyms, and ABC order. 

Spiral review for second grade

FREE Morning Work 

Here is a freebie I created for my students to do as a warm-up.    It is a review of math and grammar skills for second grade.  Skills covered include:  counting money, skip counting, 3-digit addition and subtraction, telling time, mental math, contractions, syllables, capitalization, commas, adjectives, and antonyms. 

Spiral review for second grade

St. Patrick's Day Ideas and Freebies for the Classroom

Happy March!  I am sharing with you some ideas and freebies for St. Patrick's Day.

1.  FREE Counting Money Task Cards

St. Patrick's Day Math FREEBIE

These money task cards can be used for the game Scoot or as a math center.  Click the picture to get your FREE St. Patrick's Day money task cards.  

2.  Second Grade Math Review for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Math Freebie

My students need to practice all second-grade math skills on a regular basis so they keep them fresh in their brains.  It also gives me a quick assessment of which students need my assistance.

3.  Leprechaun Trap Letter FREEBIE

Head on over to TpT for this FREE Leprechaun Trap letter by Khrys Greco.  It is a great family activity and a great way to introduce simple machines.

4.  FREE Lucky Charms Graph

My kids love any activity that includes food!  Grab this Lucky Charms bar graph freebie from Bethany Gardner.

5.  Leprechaun Cookies

I love these adorable cookies.  I am hoping I will have to make them for my students this year.  Head on over to Oh My! Creative for directions.  

President's Day Freebies and Ideas

Hello friends!  I hope you are enjoying your three day weekend.  I am sharing some of my favorite President's freebies and ideas with you.

President's Day Word Search Freebie 

President's Days Freebies and Ideas for the primary classroom
Here is a free President's Day word search from Bethany at Ship Shape Elementry.  You can get this freebie by clicking here. 

Presidents Fun Facts Video

My students enjoyed watching this video and learning some fun facts about the presidents.

George Washington Art Project

President's Day Freebies and Ideas
Head on over to Surviving on Teacher's Salary for the directions for this George Washington art project. 

President's Day Song

My students love singing this President's Day song.  You can get it from Michelle and The Colorful Classroom. 

President's Day Word Wall Freebie

Ideas for President's Day
I love this free word wall from Lavinia Pop.  This word wall is a great way to introduce new vocabulary.  I especially like this freebie because it has a word list that can go inside students' binders. 

President's Day Freebie with 3-Digit Addition & Subtraction

My students always need extra practice with 3-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.  Grab your FREE President's Day math freebie by clicking below.  

Valentine's Day Activities, Ideas, and Freebies for the Classroom

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so I thought I would share some of my favorite Valentine's Day ideas with you.

Free Monster Valentine's Day Cards

Valentines Freebie

I found these adorable FREE monster Valentines from Fun Squared.  I like that there is a wide assortment to choose from.

Love Bug Oreo Cookies

Everyone loves Oreo cookies.  I found these adorable Love Bug Cookies by  Sarah's Bake Studio.  They are cute and easy to make.  She makes the eyes, but I will definitely be buying the Wilton Candy Eye Balls. 

 Valentine's Day Directed Drawing

Valentine Animals
My students enjoy doing directed drawings.  We always practice before we start drawing with oil pastels.  If this is your first time doing directed drawings, I suggest having all of your students draw the same animal.    I highly recommend checking out Cassie Stephens for more art ideas.

Valentine's Day Art Project

Kindness hands

I love this project from Mrs. Pearce's Art Room.  The students fill the background with positive and kind words.  Then they trace their hand and cut out a heart.  This is a great way to promote kindness in the classroom.

Valentine's Math Freebie

FREE mental math worksheets for 2nd grade

Many of my students struggle with 10 more/10 less and 100 more/100 less.  I made these worksheets to help them with this concept.  I have an easy version and a more difficult one.  My students enjoy solving the math problems and then finding the answer to the riddles.  Grab your  FREE copy of Valentine's Day math riddles by clicking the sign below.

More or Less Math Worksheets for second grade

Contraction Worksheets and Videos

My students will be reviewing grammar skills this week.  I made these contractions worksheets with a winter theme.  Click on Snowy Contractions below for your FREE copy.

Grammar worksheets for second grade

Contraction Videos

Here are some of our favorite videos to watch for learning about contractions.

Grammar for second grade

Need more grammar resources?  Check out my Grammar Grab and Go in my TPT store.  It has 100 pages that are aligned with Common Core Standards.  Some of the skills covered in it are collective nouns, subject & predicate, reflexive pronouns, antonyms, prefixes, homophone, compound words, adverbs, adjectives, abbreviations, compound sentences, irregular plural nouns, plurals, and dictionary skills.

Grammar skills for primary grades

Winter Ideas, Activities, and Freebies for the Classroom

My students love playing in the snow.  I am busy planning activities around snow this week.  I am sharing with you some of my favorite winter ideas, activities, and freebies for the primary grades.

Directed Snowman Drawing

My students love to draw.  Here is an easy directed drawing of Olaf that I did with my students.  We drew Olaf with black crayon and use blue watercolor for the background. 
Winter Art Project

Winter Grammar Word Search Freebie

Word searches are fun and exciting for students! In this winter grammar word search resource, students identify the nouns, verbs, or adjectives in each sentence. Then, they find it in the word search. These are perfect for review or early finishers.

Grammar for Second Grade

Sneezy the Snowman

          My students love watching Aunie's House.  She does an amazing job reading the books!

Here is a great video explaining how snowflakes are formed.

Catching Snowflakes on you Tongue Freebie

       Head on over to A Year of Many Firsts for your Catching Snowflakes freebie.

Free Winter Craft

Winter Mystery Pictures

These winter math mystery pictures will help keep your students engaged and motivated while reviewing second-grade math skills. They can be used for homework, extra math practice, or for early finishers. Students will love discovering the mystery picture. There are a total of 10 mystery pictures.

Second math skills covered in this winter mystery picture set include:
2-Digit Addition & Subtraction
3-Digit Addition & Subtraction
Skip Counting
Balancing Equations
Mental Math

Snowman Riddles

    I need to do a quick 2-digit addition and subtraction review with regrouping with my students before going on to 3-digit addition and subtraction.  I like making math fun with these winter riddles.  Students discover the answers to each joke by solving 2-digit addition and subtraction problems with regrouping.

Winter Math Riddles