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Go back to school with ease and enthusiasm, and with all your questions answered! Our lesson plans, printables, activities, and advice range from assisting students in learning the school's layout and taking attendance to learning names. Find icebreakers for getting to know your students' personalities, advice on seating charts and arranging the classroom, teacher time-savers, behavior management tips from veteran teachers, advice for communicating with parents, and much more.

Editor's Picks: Back-to-School Resources

New for 2019!

Here are our latest back-to-school resources created by the TeacherVision Advisory Board.

  • Six Classroom Routines For An Organized Classroom E-Book 
    TeacherVision advisory board member, Lisa, shares six of her classroom routines so you can get organized for the school year. 
  • Back To School: Find Someone Who
    This activity is designed to support your students to get up out of their seats, move around the classroom, and learn more about their classmates. 
  • Name Tents
    Use this resource to learn your students names. Print out the name tent, and have students complete it. Students then fold it in half and place it on their desk. There are places for them to list their favorite things, their learning goals, and to draw a "selfie" of themselves. 
  • Getting To Know Your Classmates Scoot 
    In this scoot, students move around the room asking each other get-to-know-you questions. To promote listening skills, student record their partners' answers, not their own. A great first day activity that is designed for students in middle and high school.
  • Get To Know You Turn and Talk Cards 
    This is a fun Back To School take on a Turn and Talk. You can print out these cards, put your students into pairs, and have them share their responses to the questions. This is a great way for students to get to know each other, and also learn how Turn and Talks will work.
  • Meet The Teacher 
    Use this handout to introduce yourself to your students at the beginning of a new school year. There are places for you to write about your favorite things, and to share why you became a teacher. There are also places to record how to contact you, and to share a welcome message.
  • My Summer Break
    Use this activity to support your students to think about and share what they did this summer. There is space for students to draw, and then space for them to trace and write. This activity is designed for younger students, but can be modified for older students.
  • My First Day Of School 
    Use this resource to support students to draw pictures that describe what happened their first day of school. 
  • My First Day of School Poetry Assignment
    Use this creative writing activity to support your students to reflect on their first day of school. 
  • First Day Of School Thoughts 
    Use this First Day of School activity to get to know your students and learn more about what they are excited about and what they are wondering about. 
  • My First Day Of Kindergarten
    This handout is designed for our youngest students in order to support them to reflect and identify how they are feeling after the first day of school.
  • Beginning Of The Year Student Survey
    The questions in this survey are designed to help you get to know your middle and high school students, and uncover their learning styles and preferences. The resource includes teaching tips with different ways you can give students the survey to make the experience more student-centered and interactive. 
  • Student Writing Inventory 
    This resource is a worksheet for students to fill out so that you as the teacher can get some insight into how they feel about writing. 
  • Unit Planning Template
    Use this unit planning template to map out your first two units. Designed by a veteran teacher, there are places to record the skills you plan to teach, learning objectives, and assessments. 
  • Weekly Lesson Planning Template
    Get organized with this template, which helps you map out your lesson plans each week. TeacherVision Advisory Board member, Jeanne, recommends printing out multiple pages and creating a binder. There are places to track your subjects, learning objectives, and step-by-step plan. 
  • Daily Lesson Planning Template
    If you write daily lesson plans, this template will save you time, and help you be consistent in your planning process. It breaks up your lesson into three parts, and gets you thinking about your teaching goals, and how you plan to differentiate your instruction. This is an especially great resource for new teachers. 


New Icebreakers for 2019!

Here are our latest icebreakers for Back To School. 

  • Figure Me Out
    In this icebreaker activity, students create a math equation for each category.  This is not only a fun way for students to get to know each other, but also provides you with valuable information about students' math skills.
  • Dicebreaker
    Use this icebreaker activity to support your students to get to know each other at the beginning of the school year. All you need is a dice! Students work in pairs and take turns rolling the dice. Each number they land on corresponds to a different question. As students answer the questions, they will learn more about each other.
  • Skit-Tell-Us!
    Use this icebreaker activity to support your students to get to know each other. All you will need are small bags of Skittles. Students work in pairs, and take turns pulling Skittles out of the bag. They respond to the prompt that matches the color of the Skittle they pull out.
  • Two Truth And A Lie
    Use this icebreaker to support your students to learn more about each other in the beginning of the school year. Students are asked to write down three things about themselves. Two of these things are true, and one is a lie. They then share what they wrote down with their students, and the class has to guess which statement is the lie.
  • Marvelous Me
    Use this icebreaker activity to support your students to get to know each other. Put students into pairs, and give each student a small bag of M&M's. Students take turns pulling a M&M out of their bag. On this printable handout there is a prompt that corresponds with each color. You can have students work with multiple partners until they have finished their sweet treat.
When students are comfortable in their classroom, learning is successful. Use our activities to help your students make new friends.
Customizable Permission Slips and Forms
A selection of the most common and useful permission slips to save you the time and effort of creating your own.
Classroom Management
Your classroom atmosphere directly affects learning. Our Classroom Management resources have helpful tips, printable forms such as bubble sheets and awards, as well as suggested methods of teaching.
Printable Worksheets & Forms
Printables help your time management, as well as, give you helpful suggestions at the beginning of the school year in these worksheets and forms.
Awards & Certificates
This collection of Awards and Certificates gives you various ways to provide positive feedback to your students.
BTS Lesson Plans
Help the "first day of school" go smoothly for your students with our lessons which emphasize how to meet new friends in new surroundings.
Health, Safety, and Security
Help your students have a safe, healthy, and happy year with our resources on crisis intervention, handwashing, and cyber safety.
Bulletin Boards
Find ways to encourage students' involvement in learning with these Bulletin Board activities.
Teacher-Parent Collaboration
Explore these resources to help you achieve great parent involvement in your classroom which ultimately leads to student success.
Open House Resources
Choose from these suggestions on how to have positive meetings with parents and great ideas for getting parents involved in our Open House Resources.
Advice for New Teachers
Check our tips and suggestions for new teachers in these resources including teaching methods for diverse classrooms.
Content Galleries
Teachers can always use more help in the classroom. Choose from our numerous resources on rewards, technology, behavior management, and much more.

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