266 FREE Back to School Activities & Worksheets

FREE Back to School Worksheets

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 266 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 266 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.

All this variety comes thanks to BusyTeacher.org’s worldwide community of participating ESL teachers, who are kind enough to share the worksheets and other resources they develop in their own classrooms. Every worksheet you’ll find on this site is completely free to download, print,and use as you see fit - no registration required. But if you ever have a worksheet you’d like to share with our community, don’t hesitate to click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page, because we’d love to see your creation.

You can dive into our collection of first-day-of-school worksheets in a few different ways. If you’re not sure where to start, you can take a look at the top ten most popular worksheets - or search our collection using the search box at the top of this page. If you’d rather browse, you’ll see that all our worksheets can be previewed in handy “Quick View” mode, so you can get a good look at their first pages before you download them.

BusyTeacher’s 266 first-day-of-school worksheets are here whenever you need them - so don’t forget to bookmark this page, and come back whenever you need some ready-made resources for the first day of your class. And when you find something you like, just download it, print it, and use it - it’s all here for you!

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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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Back to School Worksheet

Back to School Worksheet

» » Back to School
Most teachers kick off the school year by introducing themselves and talking about all the stuff you'll be doing that year. Some teachers give students a chance to tell something about themselves ...
1 Views 1,056 BegElem
What Is There in Your Schoolbag?

What Is There in Your Schoolbag?

Leontine
Back to School,
This worksheet is about school stuff. You can read the words and ask your students to repeat before telling them to follow the instructions. Ask them to look at the words and to focus on the diffe ...
5 Views 4,784 ElemPre-Int
Classroom English

Classroom English

Leontine
Back to School,
This worksheet is about classroom English. Let your student imagine sentences they might have to say in class and justify. E.g., they might come up with  "sorry , I don't have my book because ...
1 Views 5,004 Pre-IntInt
Instructions

Instructions

Leontine
Back to School,
This worksheet is about written instructions in tests or worksheets. It will enable you to revise the vocabulary and also the pronunciation of some words. There is a page with words to write ...
2 Views 5,723 ElemPre-IntInt
Find Someone Who...(2)

Find Someone Who...(2)

This resource can be used when starting the new school term. It is a nice way for students to start talking to their new classmates and finding out a bit about them. They can write the names of th ...
3 Views 15,757 Elem
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Back to School Survey

Back to School Survey

This resource can be used when starting the new school term. It is a nice way to learn a little bit about your new students! Kids answer the questions and can also compare their answers with their ...
2 Views 12,888 ElemPre-Int
School Objects Word Search

School Objects Word Search

Adela Zakiyatunnisa
This worksheet has been designed for young learners of English and it's filled with illustrations to have fun while circling vocabulary related to school objects. It is known that young kids like ...
3 Views 8,689 BegElem
Memory Game

Memory Game

Back to School,
It's a memory game with vocabulary related to school material. It can also be used to do a labelling activity with beginner students who are still learning to read and write (they cut the pictures ...
4 Views 9,615 BegElem
The Classroom

The Classroom

Back to School,
This worksheet contains classroom vocabulary items including pencil case, tape, crayons, glue, calculator, stapler, etc. It is designed for elementary level. Hope it helps!
4 Views 5,818 Elem
Back to School Board Game

Back to School Board Game

BusyTeacher Contributor
With this game you can practice simple school vocabulary (actions, instructions, telling the time, months, ect.) Students have to answer the questions or follow the instructions. Continue to play ...
8 Views 12,362 BegElem
Back to School - All about Me

Back to School - All about Me

This is great for handing out to kids at the beginning of class and can be used when students go back to school. They can write down a few things about themselves and get to know a little about th ...
11 Views 28,143 Elem
Planner

Planner

Suzanne
» » Back to School
This is a planning for the first week of school. In this plan you will find the introductory games, vocabulary and a rhyme. I give classes to an ESL classroom so I am also teaching the basics ...
4 Views 6,147 Pre-Int
Find Someone Who

Find Someone Who

BusyTeacher Contributor
» » Back to School
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 ...
6 Views 14,130 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
School, Action Verbs

School, Action Verbs

, , Back to School
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 ...
9 Views 10,056 BegElem
My Classroom

My Classroom

Back to 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 Views 9,318 Elem
My School

My School

Back to 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 ...
6 Views 6,948 Elem
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 ...
8 Views 9,258 Elem
School Supplies

School Supplies

Back to 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 ...
7 Views 5,754 BegElem
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 Views 8,871 Elem
Classroom Language

Classroom Language

» » Back to 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 ...
7 Views 16,505 BegElemPre-Int
There Are a Lot of Things in My Bag

There Are a Lot of Things in My Bag

Back to 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 Views 9,480 ElemPre-Int
First Day of School

First Day of School

, Back to School
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 Views 8,457 BegElem
School Supplies

School Supplies

Back to 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 ...
7 Views 5,601 BegElem
School Subjects

School Subjects

Back to 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 Views 6,381 BegElem
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/ ...
16 Views 9,523 ElemPre-Int

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