Here are some lesson plan ideas for your Back-to-School theme. Do you have an idea you’d like to add? Type it in the comments section below or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject Line: Back to School.
- Beach Ball Name Game: Sit in circle, have children roll ball to one another and tell their name. Chant “Name, Name, what’s your name? I’ve got a name & you’ve got a name. What’s your name?”
- More Name Song and Chant Ideas
- Greetings: Pass a hand Shake, High 5, or High 10 around the circle. You can say names as you go.
- Class Rules: After reading David Goes to School, you can discuss/create class rules
- If you… Get to know you Game: Children sit in a circle. The teacher says, “If you have a dog, switch seats. Anyone who has a dog has to exchange a seat with someone else. If you have a…” etc.
- Graphing Class Favorites: Let children pick their favorite color from your snap cubes or other blocks. Have them come up one at a time and stack them by color at the board. Compare the block graphs to see which are the favorites in the class.
- Use a Color spinner (There is one in the Monster Unit) or a color dice. Have the children spin or roll a color. Each color represents a question about yourself, i.e. your favorite book, your favorite toy, your favorite food, etc. If they spin that color, the child gets to answer the question.
- Print and Laminate Names on Card stock. Have the children make their name with playdough
- Print and Laminate Names on Card Stock. Cut them in pieces. Have the children put their letters in order to spell their name.
- Rainbow Writing Names/Letters
- Print out name cards. Have the children mingle and talk with each other to see if they can find other kids with a matching letter from their name. As they find each letter, they can cross it off on each other’s cards. Have them try to cross off all of the letters.
- Many more Ideas in our Preschool Back-to-School Theme Unit
- Early Exploration of Math Materials: Pattern Bears, Inch Tiles, Snap Cubes, Buttons, Pattern blocks
- Classifying/Sorting by Color: Place sheets of colored paper on the table. Have the children sort buttons, pom poms or other manipulatives by color.
- Musical Counting: Write numbers 1-5 (or higher if your class is ready) on sheets of paper. Place them around a table. Place milk lids or counting bears in the center of the table. Turn on some fun music and have the children walk around the table. When the music stops, they stop in front of a numbered paper. They can count the correct number of lids or bears onto their sheet.
- Many more ideas in our Preschool Back-to-School Theme Unit
- Explore each other’s hand prints or fingerprints w/magnify glass. Each person stamps their fingerprints/hands on a 12×18 sheet of paper. Compare the size, the lines etc.
- Tearing Art: Have a shape of a bus or an apple pre-printed on white cardstock. Give yellow/black/red/green paper for tearing to fill in either template. You can also use the bingo daubers to help decorate.
- After Reading Pete: you could use shoe cutouts/templates for children to decorate their “school shoes’ tear paper, use dot markers, paint, collage etc.
- Kissing Hand Activity: Students trace their hand and decorate it with various supplies (could use markers, crayons, torn construction paper, etc.
- Name Practice: Write students names on large pieces of construction paper. Have students glue on cheerios, beans, tore up construction paper to make their names.
- Cutting practice, glue practice, marker practice, etc.
Music & Movement
- “Where is Thumpkin” but change to using names. Example “Where is Amy, Where is Amy, please stand up, please stand up. Do a little dancing, do a little waving, now take a seat, take a seat.”
- Take a “dinosaur walk” around your school to get to know where things are located
- Follow the leader around the room – with directions
- Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Regular, fast, slow.
- Tooty Ta
- Itsy Bitsy Spider
- Simon Says
- Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes.
- David Goes To School
- How do Dinosaurs Get to School
- The Kissing Hand
- Splat the Cat Goes to School
- Clifford’s First Day of School
- Frog and Toad go to School
- If you Take a Mouse to School
- Alphabet Rescue
- First Day Jitters
- Colored Rice with rubber/plastic buses. Apple erasers or laminated cutouts, crayons, magnet letter, grabbers for picking up and small cups for sorting items out.
- Magnet letters with colored rice, popcorn kernels, shredded colored paper for a letter hunt. Provide a letter sheet on a metal baking sheet for matching.