Back To School: Welcome to 6th Grade Packet

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Ease the transition to middle school with this printable first day of 6th grade activity packet perfect for back to school. Includes reflection, goal setting, and letter writing activities.

The first day of middle school can be a daunting time for many new 6th graders. Help your new students with the transition from 5th grade to 6th grade with this printable back to school packet. Students will reflect on their time in elementary school, set goals for the new school year, and write letters to their teacher using handy ready-to-use templates and printables.

How To Use This Back To School Packet

Whether you use this packet on the first day of sixth grade or throughout the first week of school, this packet of activities is a great icebreaker for your new students. Make time for reflection with the first activity and allow your sixth graders to share their experiences from elementary school, from their favorite classes and teachers to their memorable moments and challenges faced. The letter writing activity is also a great opportunity for students to share their thoughts and feelings as school starts, and an additional template allows you to write a response to the letters and really connect with students. Combine with our All About Me printable to help your students get to know each other, and you, a little better.

Setting goals is a great way to start the new school year with positivity and focus. Students can set goals for the upcoming school year as well as their time through 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade. Encourage students to set goals that are smart, measurable, and relevant, discussing and comparing examples to help get them started. Then students can complete the printable templates and keep them in their binders to come back to and check off later.

The templates in this packet are designed so that they can be used for displays and bulletin boards, and the printable coloring page at the end of the packet is a nice calm activity that could add a splash of color to your classroom at the start of the school year.

First Day of School Activities for Sixth Grade

1. Reflection

Take a moment to think back on the time you spent in elementary school, then answer the questions.

2. Setting Goals
  • Write three personal goals for the upcoming school year. Goals should be specific, measurable, and relevant to your success in 6th grade.
  • Write three personal goals you have by the end of middle school. Goals should be specific, measurable, and relevant to you through 7th grade and by the end of 8th grade. Bonus: Come back and check them off, did you achieve them all before you start high school?
3. Letter to Your Teacher

Write a letter to your teacher. Express your thoughts and feelings about the upcoming school year. Consider what you are most excited about for 6th grade, what you are nervous or worried about, what you hope to learn in 6th grade, questions you have for your teacher, or if there are specific things you want your teacher to know about you.

5. Teacher Response

Your teacher will write a letter responding to your letter. They will acknowledge what you shared with them, address any concerns, or answer any questions you may have had. Remember that your teacher is available and wants to help!

Browse back to school printables, lesson plans, and more in our Back To School Headquarters

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Chris Kefer (B.M., M.S.) is a music educator, composer, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He has been teaching music education in public schools for 8 years and… Read more

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