257 FREE First Day Of School Activities & Back To School Worksheets
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Ready to start your class off right? The first day of class is an important time for teachers and students alike - it’s the time to learn all your students’ names, set the tone for your classroom, and make sure everyone’s feeling relaxed and ready to learn. You probably don’t want to charge in with too much new material on the very first day - after all, it’s important for your students to feel relaxed around you, and around each other, so they’ll be comfortable enough to learn and produce the new ESL concepts you’ll be sharing with them. The question is, how can you help them feel relaxed?

With BusyTeacher.org’s 257 resources for the first day of school, of course! Whether you’re kicking off a class with a brand-new set of level-one ESL students, or launching a final class with a group of level-five students approaching full fluency, you’ll find resources here to break the ice and get your class laughing and talking like they’ve known each other for years.

Want to start things off as simply as possible? BusyTeacher.org has simple fill-in-the-blank worksheets that can encourage your students to share a few basic facts about themselves. Want to open with a fun game? We’ve got a wide variety of games for all ESL levels. Want to kick off your class with a funny activity that’ll get everyone laughing together? BusyTeacher.org has got you covered, with silly exercises that’ll melt even the most frigid classroom.

Whether your class if full of young kids or full-grown business English students, BusyTeacher.org’s 257 first-day-of-school worksheets offer something just right for your class. We’ve got worksheets with friendly pictures and simple vocabulary, worksheets based on popular movies and songs, exercises that let your students review what they did over the holidays, and even colorful posters to hang on your classroom wall.

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257 FREE First Day Of School Worksheets

What is Back to School Season?
Back to school is a season that goes from late July into early September to prepare students for the upcoming school year. Many department stores, such as Target, Wal-Mart, and Kmart advertise back to school sales as a time when school supplies and children's and young adults' clothing goes on sale. This period of time usually lasts from mid-July through early September, before the school year starts in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. In Australia and New Zealand, this usually occurs in January.
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Find Someone Who

Find Someone Who

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This is a first day of school ice breaker. It is called "Find Someone Who..." The object is to have the students interview their classmates and find someone who fits the description that is provid ...
3 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
School, Action Verbs

School, Action Verbs

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This power-point presentation is appropriate for teaching and reviewing school related action verbs such as: cutting, erasing, reading, using, etc. It's suitable for young learners. It also p ...
7 Complete BeginnerElementary
My Classroom

My Classroom

First Day Of School,
This is a 2-page-worksheet for practicing "Classroom Items". It contains three activities and it is designed for elementary level. You may find it useful at the study stage of your teaching. Hope ...
3 Elementary
My School

My School

First Day Of School,
This is a worksheet for teaching school items. It includes two activities. First, the young learners are asked to read and draw. Secondly, they are asked to look at the pictures and write sentence ...
5 Elementary
Bingo, My Classroom

Bingo, My Classroom

Bingo: a fun game to review school supplies, colors, and numbers. The teacher has to read out the words by randomly selecting them from a bag and the students have to cross them out. This game can ...
5 Elementary
School Supplies

School Supplies

First Day Of School,
This PowerPoint contains the vocabulary items related to school supplies, such as scissors, pencil, table, chair, desk, glue, etc. It is appropriate for both absolute beginners and elementary leve ...
6 Complete BeginnerElementary
Movie Worksheet: School Phrases 1, ELF Video

Movie Worksheet: School Phrases 1, ELF Video

This is a worksheet based on ELF School Phrases # 1. It is designed for elementary level and it includes three sections; before watching, while watching, and after watching. Download the video her ...
3 Elementary
Classroom Language

Classroom Language

First Day Of School,
This worksheet is for the first day. It is very helpful when students do not have the level to express common things  in a classroom. Use this on the first day and encourage them to use them ...
4 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-Intermediate
There Are a Lot of Things in My Bag

There Are a Lot of Things in My Bag

First Day Of School,
This is a simple vocabulary of common objects that children usually have in their school bags. It contains A3 document with a picture of a bag words and separated pictures to match. Kids should ma ...
5 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
First Day of School

First Day of School

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This worksheet can be used for reviewing and practicing school supplies (crayon, book, table, and desk) and counting, and also reviewing cardinal numbers 1-10. It includes questions and examples t ...
4 Complete BeginnerElementary
School Supplies

School Supplies

First Day Of School,
This power-point presentation presents the names and pictures of school supplies (books, paperclips, desk, crayons, ...). This is appropriate for young learners and complete beginners. First ask s ...
4 Complete BeginnerElementary
School Subjects

School Subjects

First Day Of School,
This PowerPoint includes the vocabulary items related to school subjects. Each slide contains the name and the picture of a school subject. It is appropriate for both complete beginner and element ...
4 Complete BeginnerElementary
School Supplies Hangman

School Supplies Hangman

Hangman Game with school supplies vocabulary. Have students select a letter of the alphabet. Click on the keyboard button with the appropriate letter on it. If the letter is contained in the word/ ...
15 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
School

School

There are three exercises in this worksheet. In exercise 1 students have to match the words with the pictures. In exercise 2 they have to find some words in the word search. In exercise 3 they hav ...
22 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
All about Me

All about Me

, First Day Of School
An icebreaker for the first day at school, pupils fill in the information sheet to introduce themselves to the rest of the class (writing and speaking activity at the same time). The workshee ...
5 Intermediate

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