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5 Fun First Week of School Activities

Fun First Week of School Activities

Let’s be honest. While the first week back to school is so exciting, it can also be utterly chaotic and exhausting! That’s why I LOVE ready-to-go, no prep activities so much. It’s also why I’m sharing 5 FUN first week of school activities for elementary students! Each of these activities is not only fun, but they are ready to print and use right out of the gate. True lifesavers!

5 Fun First Week of School Activities

1. Back to School Word Searches and Puzzles

Word searches and puzzles are always a big hit with students. This packet of August Puzzles includes 10 word searches, mazes, and other word puzzles to get your students back into the groove the minute you hand them out! 

I like these first week of school activities because they are perfect for students to work independently while you complete those beginning of year benchmark assessments with individual students. They can also be used for early finishers, morning work, small group first week of school activities, and more!

2. Summer Memories Trifold Writing Activity

This no-prep, no-fuss Summer Memories Project is a super fun way to get students writing during the first week back to school. 

This NO PREP, meaningful project is in an easy-to-use trifold (brochure) format, and will get your students reflecting and writing about their summer memories.

Have students present their finished projects to the class – it makes the perfect getting-to-know-you activity! Then you can also display the trifolds at open house or back to school night.

3. FREE Word Search and Back to School Guide

This FREE Back to School Guide has been a true labor of love for me! It includes:

  • 10 Organizational Tips
  • FREE Word Search
  • 4 Ways to Save $$ on TPT
  • Links to FREE Downloads
  • Ideas for First Week of School Activities
  • More!

I hope you enjoy this freebie as much as I enjoyed creating it! 

 
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4. The Ultimate Back to School Survival Kit

This Back to School Survival Packet is a best-seller for good reason. It has EVERYTHING you need to help you through that first week with ease. 

This ready-to-go resource includes pennants, interest surveys, reward coupons, math worksheets, reading activities, color by code, and so much more!

That’s 75 printable pages of done-for-you fun first week of school activities! Just print and go, baby!

See the photos below for examples of just a few of the activities included in this amazing resource.

5. Start of Year Math Review Game Shows

These fun, interactive  Jeopardy-style math review games will have your students begging for more activities just like them! Get ready for a fun year of math with the exciting, easy to use Math Mania Game Show. Perfect for 4th and 5th grade math first week of school activities at back to school time!

The games are SUPER EASY TO USE! There are 25 questions at different point values that students can choose from. When they click on any question button, a question appears. Students solve and then you can check answers with the whole class by clicking on the “ANSWER” button. 

These games are a favorite of both teachers AND students. You will not be disappointed!

There you have it! 5 genuinely fun first week of school activities for your elementary students – all ready-to-go and either low-prep or no-prep. I honestly work SO hard on my resources to make them as easy to use as possible for you. I know from experience how crazy that first week of school can be! You’ve got this!

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I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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