Free Back to School Essentials for Teachers: Get to Know You Activity, Class Syllabus, Homework Helpers and More!

June 16, 2023

Let's get right to the good news: everything I'm sharing in this post is included in this FREE pack of back to school essentials for teachers. That's right! I've put together a set of free resources to help make your back to school planning a little easier. You can grab the collection of free school start materials right here.

If you're curious about what is included in the beginning of the school year pack, see what's inside below.

First of all, there's a get to know you activity that you can share with students on the first day of school. I'm a big fan of placing an activity on students' desks to complete independently when they arrive to your classroom on the first day. Having something to busy themselves with is a great way to reduce students' back-to-school jitters. The activity included in the freebie is an infographic. There are three versions included. Students can share all about themselves in a clever way. Then, fast finishers can color in their worksheet. Add this activity to the infographic for a perfect first day!

 As school starts, you'll likely want to give students some insight into your classroom. I like to do this with a syllabus. However, a syllabus is generally a very boring document. Not anymore! You'll find a doodle-themed free syllabus in the download. I've included a sample syllabus to provide suggestions about what to include in a class syllabus. Then, you can use the editable syllabus to add all kinds of information unique to your classroom. Providing a syllabus in such an engaging format is a great way to demonstrate how creative your class will be all year long. (Add even more doodles to your instruction with these Doodle and Do resources.)

If you plan to assign homework in the upcoming school year, you'll love the homework helpers included in the free back to school pack. There are three different resources targeted to motivating students to complete work and tracking students' work.  Download the free back to school guide for a missing homework record, homework excuse note, and homework passes that you can give to students. If you're looking for more homework ideas, don't forget to grab these creative Homework Twist cards that you can add to any assignment!

What's back to school prep without some serious classroom set-up? Sometimes it can be overwhelming to figure out how to get our classrooms decorated. That's where this freebie comes in. In the free back to school guide, you'll find a round-up of clever (and often free) décor ideas to help your classroom look styled for the new school year. Get your decorating started with these ready-to-print décor packs.

Just when your new school year gets started, it feels like it's time to plan for Open House or Curriculum Night. It can be such a challenge to figure out how to plan the ideal Open House. That's why I've included an Open House Checklist filled with ideas for what to do before, during, and after Open House to connect with parents. You'll also be able to print an easy sign-in sheet to track parents' attendance. Find all kinds of resources for parents and Open House here.


I'm so excited to share this free Back to School Essentials pack with you. I hope you find some tools to add to your teacher toolbox! 

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If you're looking for more ways to prepare for a new school year, be sure to grab the FREE EVERYTHING GUIDE for TEACHERS! It includes over 100 pages of freebies!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mary Beth

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