I just made some serious updates to my back to school packets and I am SO excited about them! If you’ve purchased my back to school packets for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, please be sure to go back and re-download them for FREE to see all of the new changes. The beginning of the year is SO exciting, but also extremely stressful and nerve-wracking. One of my many goals this summer was to try to alleviate some of that first week back stress by getting organized and prepped NOW. I always seem to forget how needy and dependent my firsties are in the very beginning. I’m usually asleep by 6:30 on the couch that first week. It isn’t a pretty sight! These back to school packets (kindergarten, first grade, second, and third grade) are chocked-full of fun and engaging activities to keep everyone alive and well the first week back.
Your students will LOVE learning the rules of school with the help of The Back to School Experts (Respectful Rachel, Responsible Ryan, Ready to Learn Robert, and Really Safe Rita). Once your students become knowledgeable about the school rules, they will become the newest members of a special club. My kids were talking about being a part of The First Grade Expert Club ALL YEAR LONG! I already printed out each page of the updated packet so now all I have to do is make copies for my kiddos for the first week back. I placed all of the materials inside this ADORABLE storage box I found at Target. The little box had my name written all over it. Bless you, Target!
I gave each day of the week a folder and placed all of materials I’ll need that day inside! I even placed the books I’ll read each day and the crafts I’ll be modeling inside too.
Here’s a little breakdown of the first grade packet: In the First Grade packet you will find:
-an engaging story all about the members of The First Grade Expert Club
-an application to join the The First Grade Expert Club
-four crafts that teach the rules
-a special certificate to distribute to students once they become the newest members
-fun ice-breaker games (including a “Be a Friend Detective” game and a “Getting to Know You” board game
-an All About Me mini-book
– read-aloud book suggestions for the first week
-printables and lesson activities that correlate with many back-to-school children’s books, including “First Grade Stinks,” “Chrysanthemum,” “David Goes to School,” “Wemberly Worried,” and “The Recess Queen.” Click on the cover below to grab the first grade packet!
If you’re a kindergarten, second grade or third grade teacher, please click on the covers below and go download the preview at TPT! Some activities were adapted to meet the needs of your age group, but the framework is the same!