Back to School

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.

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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.

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Here’s a little breakdown of the first grade packet: image image image image image image 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!




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  • Miss Kindergarten July 7, 2013, 12:54 am

    I love that box!!! I love how organized you are! you make me really happy!

  • Mrs. Giles July 7, 2013, 12:57 am

    I love that rules of school pack!

  • Kelly July 7, 2013, 12:58 am

    I love the idea of your first week box! I was thinking it would be a great way of organizing every week! You are brilliant!

  • Mrs. Phillips July 7, 2013, 1:24 am

    Lyndsey – I purchased this pack last year on teachers notebook…will it be updated there as well? I can't wait to see all of the new and fabulous updates!

  • Lori Rosenberg July 7, 2013, 1:25 am

    You have inspired me to start getting organized! I wonder if my Target has a box with my name all over it to put everything I will print from your AWESOME back to school pack? My fingers are crossed!
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  • Teacher and Life Long Learner July 7, 2013, 1:49 am

    WOW…I really need to get going! Yes, Target is the bullseye for teachers 🙂

  • Gladys July 7, 2013, 2:28 am

    I LOVE your organization skills and your super cute box!! I'm so excited to have found a packet for 3rd grade! Can't wait to check it out! 🙂

  • Coley's Little Hoots July 7, 2013, 2:44 am

    Do you have one for kindergarten? I love the idea!!


  • Annie Moffatt July 7, 2013, 4:14 am

    Lyndsey you are amazing!!

  • Mrs. Bratcher July 7, 2013, 4:21 am

    Looks awesome! Do you have a Kindergarten one?

  • Veronica Porche July 7, 2013, 5:14 am

    It's in my cart! I thought I was organized, but you've definitely out done me on this one. Teaching with Giggles

  • Melissa Madden July 7, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Thanks for updating the unit! I loved it before and now it's even better! I love doing crafts that match our writing. The kids love it too! Those are great editions to the unit! Thank!

  • Courtney Bartlett July 7, 2013, 3:02 pm

    I love all your units! Just purchased the 2nd grade back to school unit. Thanks so much Lyndsey!

    Swimming into Second

  • Mrs. Sheehan July 8, 2013, 1:52 am

    I just picked up the second grade one 🙂 Can't wait to use it!

  • vicky1970 July 8, 2013, 2:09 am

    Lyndsey – your packs are always so super cute!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  • Mrs. M July 8, 2013, 9:52 am

    LOVE!!! Do you have a Kindergarten set? Please tell me you do!! 🙂

  • Erin B July 10, 2013, 12:43 am

    Hi Lindsey!
    You have some awesome ideas there! I love the organization strategy, and I will certainly be wishlisting some of those products for my own classroom! I am your newest follower, and I'd love for you to join my Back-To-School Bonanza Linky! This post would be PERFECT to link with! 😉

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  • Jen Schlauderaff August 19, 2013, 3:13 am

    I see other's have asked for a Kindergarten version…any chance you are able to do that? I love this idea and think it would be an awesome hands-on idea for my kiddos!

    Jen Schlauderaff

  • Kristi Martone May 22, 2014, 5:17 am

    Do you have a kindergarten set? I see others have asked, but I cannot tell if you've responded privately or not. I'd LOVE this resource for Kinder!


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  • Karen Kent August 11, 2015, 3:18 pm

    I do this too!I came across this idea and "biggered" it. I made a whole month file set this year. I cleared out a filing cabinet drawer, made a set of numbered files, one for every day of the month (1-31) and now I can put everything I need in them. It is so much nicer than having piles on my desk.
    I am working on getting everything together for the first week of school. Love your packet, that one is going into the cart! Blessings to you on your first days of school!!