Back to School Ideas for Teachers

Back to school season is here and these top notch ideas for teachers are sure to make it the best one yet. Check out our huge collection of free teaching printables, community building activities, games, bulletin boards, and even a few end of the first day gifts students will love.

25 Back to School Ideas for Teachers

We hope these back to school ideas for teachers are fun, time saving and mega inspiring. Have a wonderful school year, friends!

Back to School Free PrintablesPlay a few friendly rounds of FREE Back to School Bingo.

Then pair students up for some FREE Back to School Memory Match.

Help kids get to know each other with these FREE all about me newspapers.
Fun Back to School Ideas for Teachers

Have parents fill out and send back a FREE family input form. // Growing Firsties

Help kids learn about each other with a fun round of beach ball get to know you. // 4 the Love of Teaching

Give students nametags to wear those first couple of days. // Fontaholic

Make a set of friend concentration cards. // The Silver Lining

Lots of back to school ideas for teachers

Learn more about the class with a set of FREE all about me sheets. // Second Story Window

Let kids know how excited you are to have them in class with a fun Lucky Charms gift. // Teaching Blog Addict

Help the class transition by reading a stack of back to school books. // A Year of Many Firsts

Introduce yourself with a fun math problem solving challenge. {You could easily adjust the clues for younger kiddos!} // 4th Grade Fun in Florida

Tons of awesome back to school ideas for teachers!

Play a few rounds of Friend Bingo. // Early Childhood Scribbles

Challenge kids to match their friends to a pair of eyes. // Source Unknown

Send students off with a sweet treat reminding them how much you care. // Happy Teacher Happy Kids

Give parents everything they need to know in one spot with these FREE editable flip books. // Mrs. D’s Corner

Back to School Ideas for Teachers. Love these!

Help your teammates have a great start to the school year by gifting bright and colorful meeting notebooks. // Around the Kampfire

Make sure kids end up in the right spot at the end of the day with FREE transportation cards. // A Modern Teacher

Start teaching the class some fun call backs so you can get their attention in a jiffy. Macaroni and cheese, everybody freeze! // Herding Kats in Kindergarten

Build a community by teaching kids to be kind. Before you speak, think and be smart. // I Teach. What’s Your Superpower?

Back to School Ideas for Teachers

Hang up a simple poster as a helpful reminder to use words wisely. // Picklebums

Help the class make a social contract. // The Corner on Character

Set up lots and lots of routines so students know what’s expected throughout the day. // Mrs. Jones’s Kindergarten

Encourage parents to read at home with this FREE flyer. // SunnyDaze

Awesome back to school ideas for teachers!

Assign each child a number so they know where to stand in line. No more pushing! // Mrs. Mayas’ Kinders

Help kids learn their new pull out schedule with some colorful, FREE reminder cards. // Teach 123

Brainstorm what to do for those what ifs. // Kathy Griffin’s Teaching Strategies

Establish a solid partnership with parents with these stellar tips. // Corkboard Connections

Free lesson plan book. Awesome!!

And finally, stay organized all year long with our FREE lesson planner and organizer.

Tons of free organization sheets for teachers


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  1. Andrea Bloom

    Wow! This is an impressive group of resources! I am so happy to get them all! Thank you so much!

    • Kimberleigh

      Thank you, Andrea! I know your class will love them as much as we enjoyed creating them.
      Have fun!

  2. Mary

    Dear Malia, Unfortunately, I missed part of your webinar on January 12, 2020 because I had to take care of my 93-year-old father-in-law. ūüôĀ Is there a link that I can see the webinar again? Please let me know. I loved the portion that I was able to see. Your resources saved me when I returned to substituting in special education after 15 years of full-time caregiving. Sincerely, Mary Ruth Law

    • Ashley

      Hi Mary,
      I emailed you earlier today with some further information.
      Let me know if you have any further questions.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador



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