80 back to school ideas and activities

Back to school is a special time of year. Sure, it means the end of summer break, but it’s also a time for new beginnings. It’s a time to get back into the regular cadence of the school schedule.  This is a crucial time of year for setting expectations — for students, for teachers, for everyone in the school setting.  It’s a time to set routine — to get some repetitions with how the class will run day by day, week by week.  And, of course, it’s relationship-building time! We want to get to know our students. They want to know more about us. And they need to get to know each other to build the classroom community.

Below we have curated over 80 back to school activities for any classroom. Scroll down for tons of ready-to-use lessons along with tutorials, templates, and examples to make planning this year a little easier.

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