Back to School Ideas

Fun back to school activities, ideas, and resources to get your year off to a great start!
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Back to School
A great read aloud on the first day is a must. A read aloud serves many purposes. It helps your students feel a little more at ease, connects the class through a mutual experience, gives us a new perspective, helps us create our identity as a class full of readers, and facilitates discussions about our feelings, expectations, and community.
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Back to School - Cultivating Critical Readers
The first day of school is full of excitement and smiles. It also sets the tone for the entire year. Here are some ideas to help you kick it off right.
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Back to School Tips & Activities
Enjoy all the excitement of the first day of school without the stress. The beginning of the year is a frenzy of smiles, new faces, and cheer. However, it can also send you home with bags under your eyes and a few more gray hairs. Make it a great day for your students and yourself with these simple tips and activities.
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6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Interactive Notebooks - These 6 tips will help you use interactive notebooks effectively in your classroom. I love using reading interactive notebooks in the classroom, but I had to learn a few lessons the hard way. Use these interactive notebook tips and ideas to save time, build understanding, stay organized, and create valuable lesson plans. Perfect for keeping second grade, third grade, and fourth grade teachers sane!
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Strategies for Supporting English Language Learners
Welcoming and supporting English language learners - 3 Strategies you can use in your classroom. This is a must read if you have ELLs on your class list. These strategies are great for supporting English language learners AND everyone else in the room.
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FREE Context Clues Task Cards Third Grade
Looking for fun context clues activities for third grade? You and your students will love these free context clues task cards for third grade! Digital options include audio that provides oral admin to your students. Check out the free context clues task cards and all the options they include: Boom Cards, Google Slides, Seesaw, and Printable! This free set is school-themed and is perfect for back-to-school season or year-round!
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Back to School Message: All Students Are Welcome
Welcome your students back to school by sending the message that all students are welcome and loved in your classroom! Head over to the blog, for a quick read blog post filled with ideas, tips, book activities, and a free welcome banner sign to make your welcome theme for back to school this season simple and inclusive for all! Click to read the blog post! @thinkgrowgiggle
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Back to School Activity- 3 Truths & a Lie
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Back to School Science Picture Books
Are you looking for picture books to start your school year by building relationships and a classroom community with your students? If so, check out these back to school science book options that you can use in your classroom on the first days of school or throughout the year.
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Make a Great Impression on Meet the Teacher Night with QR Codes and Digital Forms
See how you can use QR codes to share your teacher contact information and more at meet the teacher night. Your parents will be so impressed with you this back to school season. And they'll be so happy to leave meet the teacher night without the millions of loose papers they're normally sent home with. These meet the teacher night ideas will make going back to school so much smoother.
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16 Back to School Books Third Graders Will Love
3rd Grade Back to School Books Start the year with rich and engaging back-to-school read-alouds your third graders will love. #thirdgrade #backtoschoolbooks #backtoschool #backtoschoolthirdgrade