Back-to-School Ideas and Lesson Plans

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Set SMART goals

What will you accomplish this year?

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Vision Board

Show what success looks like.

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Fashion a Family Flag

Design a flag to symbolize your values.

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Me: A Visual Essay

Craft a visual essay to introduce yourself to classmates and show them the things that make you unique.

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A Metacognitive Collage of Me

Design a collage and write an artist's statement to share your identity, values and culture.

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Arcimboldo-style Self-portraits

Create an Arcimboldo-style self-portrait made up of objects that reflect who you are.

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Five Senses Poetry

Write a five senses poem to tell others about yourself.

My Superhero

My Superhero

Design a superhero to support your classroom.

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Persuade for a Pet

Convince your teacher to get a new class pet.

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Simple Surveys and Great Graphs

Survey classmates about the things they like and represent the results in a graph.

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Classroom Constitution

Write a constitution to govern your classroom, outlining rights and responsibilities.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

Create a daily newsletter showing families what happens in your classroom.

Lesson Plan: A Tour of Our Classroom

A Tour of Our Classroom

Create a tour of your classroom for students joining after the year begins.

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Literature Adaptations for Back-to-School

Ways to use great children's books to turn readers into writers at the beginning of the schoolyear.


Writing How To's

Author a how-to book to teach your classmates how to succeed at your favorite activity.

More sites to help you find success in your classroom


Share your ideas, imagination, and understanding through writing, art, voice, and video.

Rubric Maker

Create custom rubrics for your classroom.


A curated, copyright-friendly image library that is safe and free for education.


Write, record, and illustrate a sentence.


Interactive digital worksheets for grades K-8 to use in Brightspace or Canvas.

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