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Back to School Lesson Plans

Updated on April 1, 2014

Back to School Lessons

It's nearly time for another year of school to start. The classroom walls are bare, the floors have been polished and a new group of students are eagerly looking forward to starting a new year.

Whether you are a classroom teacher, parent or homeschooler, this lens will lead you to exciting, hands-on learning activities to get your year off to a good start.

The bell is about to ring! It's almost time for school to start...

Best Book for Your Child's First Day of School - Best Back to School Book

Every classroom should have a copy of the Kissing Hand to help children deal with those first days of separation. Having a stuffed Chester Raccoon puppet will make the transition even easier for many children. In the story, Chester Raccoon is going to school for the first time. His mother has a special ritual to help him though the fear and uncertainty of his first day of school. Chester's mother has him hold out his hand, she places a kiss on his palm and tells him that that is her love that he can carry with him throughout the day.

You can reassure your children with this thoughtful story and then help them to make Kissing Hands of their own. Make the first day of school one of the very best days of school.

The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series)
The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series)

It's the first day of school for Chester the Raccoon. His loving mother knows just the thing to help him through that first day reminding him that her love will follow him throughout the day.

MerryMakers The Kissing Hand Chester Raccoon Plush Doll, 9-Inch
MerryMakers The Kissing Hand Chester Raccoon Plush Doll, 9-Inch

A plush Chester the Raccoon helps children to reenact the story and help them to overcome their fears of the first day of school.


Favorite Math Materials - Math Materials your child's teacher will love

These are a few of my very favorite teaching materials. Any teacher or homeschooling mom would love to receive these as a back to school gift.

Cuisenaire Rods Kit for Fractions, Wood, Grades 4-6 (12 Trays, 1 Set of Overhead Rods, and Book)
Cuisenaire Rods Kit for Fractions, Wood, Grades 4-6 (12 Trays, 1 Set of Overhead Rods, and Book)

Cuisenaire Rods are fun to build with and can represent mathematical concepts from counting and sorting to Algebra.


A whole year's worth of hands-on math games and activities for children in kindergarten to first grade


Are you ready to go Back to School? - It's almost time to go Back to School!

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As you look forward to the coming year, what kinds of lessons do you plan to teach? Are you open to new ideas? Would you like to find new and creative ways to make learning come alive for your children?

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      @sherioz: Thank you for checking out the Back to School Lesson Plans.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Great list of resources here. Blessed.

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      Wow, that is some serious information...way to go! I could stay on your lenses for hours and never get bored. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It's always a challenge getting kids ready to go back to school and motivated to get back in the swing of things. Great list of ideas here!

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      rwoman 7 years ago

      This lens didn't really fit into one of your areas of study but I think it is a great way to kick off a new school year (or semester), break the ice, and get them writing:

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      ClaudeKinney LM 7 years ago

      Hey, I discovered your lens while searching on squidoo, your article looks extremely important for me. I'll add a backlink and bookmark your web page. Keep up the good job!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      @julieannbrady: Welcome back to school.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      @RhondaAlbom: Thank you for adding some great back to school lenses.

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Great lens Evelyn. I added a few lens to the plexos. 5*s and a favorite so I can come back as I need some of these resources.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Gosh, didn't think I'd be an old-timer going back to school -- but I guess you're never too old to learn something new?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      As Joan says, this is a very good resource with links to lots of help.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great resource.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      What a super resource! This is a great spot to find exactly what I am looking for - with the grandchildren! I can follow their school year with fun activities at grandma's ! yeah!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My grandson starts back to school tomorrow. It sure was a short summer but we had fun. Time sure does fly. You have some wonderful ideas here

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I submitted quite a few lenses. I apologize for some of them appearing twice. I didn't do that intentionally. Please delete the duplicates.

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What a wonderful idea Evelyn and something I have been thinking about doing for a number of areas that I build lenses in - thanks for giving me that extra push :-)

      Take care