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Back to School Freebies

5 free back to school lessons from 2 Peas and a Dog. #freebies #lessonplans #ela #teaching
Back-to-school freebies are linked throughout this blog post. The back-to-school season is a great time to try out new lessons and ideas. These five lessons will make planning for back to school easier and less time-consuming. Check out ideas from classroom management to long-range planning.
Try this interactive back-to-school bingo game for students to quickly get to know their classmates and teachers. Students use their bingo cards and move around the room, looking for someone that meets the description in the bingo box. Once they find the person who meets the criteria, they get their initials. The first person to fill a column, box or row gets a prize depending on how you want to run the game. Find this resource on Shopify CAD and Teachers Pay Teachers USD.


A collection of 6 different graphic organizers to help students engage, connect and think critically about their reading.  Students can write directly on the graphic organizers or they can collect their thoughts on sticky notes and use the graphic organizers as a study tool. Reading Strategies Included: plot, characters, connections, questions, predictions, as well as a before, during, after reading organizer. Find this resource on Shopify CAD and Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

This resource contains long-range plans for teaching Language Arts, Math, History, Drama and Dance. The plans are based on the Ontario Grade 7 and 8 Curriculum. Provides a general monthly overview for each subject. Plans can be used by either split or straight grade teachers. Find this resource on Shopify CAD and Teachers Pay Teachers USD.


This Back to School Bundle of activities is geared towards upper elementary and middle school students. It is a great mix of both independent and collaborative back-to-school activities for the first two weeks of school. Find this resource on Shopify CAD and Teachers Pay Teachers USD.

Included Activities:

  • Teacher Instructions (specific timeline included)
  • Student Info Sheet (basic information)
  • Interview The Room Activity (students mingle and get to know each other)
  • Dear New To Me Teacher Letter Writing Activity (write a letter to their new teacher using sentence starters)
  • Letter To Yourself Time Capsule Activity (graphic organizer style)
  • Student Seating Plan Choice Card (provides an opportunity for student voice in the classroom)
  • Classroom Identity Art Assignment (students advertise the classroom)
  • Journal Writing Summer Vacation Prompts (5 different choices – can be glued into an interactive journal)
  • Interactive Story Writing Activity (get students back into the writing groove)
  • Back to School Bingo (fast and energetic first day get to know you activity)

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