With the school year underway for many students and teachers, summer is becoming a distant memory. One way to bridge the gap between the summer months and the new school year is to have some great back to school lesson plans. There are many free and easy to use resources available online. To help you spend more time with your students and less time searching online, here are some great options for back to school online resources:
HotChalk offers a variety of Back to School Articles designed to help you with your lesson plans at the beginning of the school year. Many of the articles focus on strategies to going back to school and are useful for parents, too. For example, there are tips for helping new kids get used to a new school environment and tips on how to prepare for school in a tight economy. There are also ice-breaker lesson plans and age appropriate lessons for sharing personal information early on in the school-year.
The ReadWriteThink website has a lesson plan for creating class rules as a group in order to develop a sense of community early on. This lesson is for grades K-2 and takes about two 30 minute class sessions. It involves group work, reading and discussion. It also makes students think critically about the role of behavior in the classroom and what the goals are in learning. Students are able to connect their own actions to what goes on in their environment.
Scholastic has a comprehensive back to school planning guide that includes a year long planning calendar to help you get organized. For instance, they offer some great rubrics and stationary that you can print for back to school themes. They also offer great downloadable class management tools such as a seating chart and substitute teacher information sheet. They also explore how to use online resources to aid in the back to school process.
For another fountain of back to school lesson plans, check out Teachingheart.net. You can find a class treasure hunt to help in getting to know each other and various templates, mini-books and coloring pages to use. It also has links to lesson plans from other online sources, including EduHelper and ABCTeach. It also has teaching tips and information on how to use the various lesson plans. The site is run by a former teacher who also sells CD-ROMS and packets for use by teachers in the classroom.