Back to School Printables and Worksheets

First Day

  • Magic Playdough
    This goes with a first day of school activity found at Little Giraffes Teaching Ideas. This ball of playdoh is fun But it’s magical as well. With a few squeezes, The future it will tell. If it changes color, A great year is ahead for you and me. Squeeze it now! What do you see?
  • Back to School Bus Puzzle (color) (b&w)

Writing Pages

Desk Tags / Nameplates


Printable Books

  • Chester Goes to School Book
    This book was originally available at The Learning Leap website.  It has since gone offline but we have a copy of the book archived here.  Find more activities for The Kissing Hand at Little Giraffes.

    Chester Goes to School Book

  • Class Book: “To School” Innovation
    An innovation of “To Town” by Joy Cowley; a Rigby Story Box book – Print one copy of the cover for each book you plan to make. Print one copy of the cloze page for each student. Discuss with the students different ways to get to school. If available, read “To Town” by Joy Cowley with the class. After each child has come up with a way to go “to school”, help each student decide whether to use the page that says “…on a _____.” OR “…in a _____.” Encourage students to use inventive spelling to fill in the blank and illustrate their pages appropriately. If students are not able to use inventive spelling to fill in the blanks independently, an adult should fill in the blank for the students.

Getting to Know You, Icebreakers

  • Find Someone Who Worksheet
    A fun getting-to-know-you, icebreaker, or back to school activity. Students find someone who matches the criteria listed in each square.
  • Getting to Know You Worksheet 
    Students answer questions about classmates by finding someone who matches the criteria. Color Black and White

Classroom Rules

Language Arts


About Amanda (Post) Pertl

I started A to Z Teacher Stuff in 1997 when I was getting ready for student teaching. I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. I went on to teach preschool, kindergarten, and first grade and earned my Master's degree in Education as well. Now I'm a teacher-mom to three children.

6 Responses to Back to School Printables and Worksheets

  1. Kim September 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    This is a wonderful website. New teachers are always told “not to reinvent the wheel!” How true is that. You don’t need to when you have a site like this! Thanks!

  2. Janice Johnson October 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

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  3. Detti Varga January 29, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    This website is fantastic! I’m a Hungarian speaking English teacher and love printing your worksheets and working with them. The kids love the lessons and we have so much fun. Amazing! thanks for all the work you out into it!!!

  4. Christina August 14, 2012 at 2:22 am #

    Thanks for making so much good stuff available to teachers everywhere!

  5. Yolonda September 11, 2019 at 8:08 pm #

    I think that your site is AMAZING! i have 56 grand kids in varying ages, several of them live with me. This is the absolute best thing that I have seen to give the children something positive to do and learning along the way doesn’t hurt! i provided sheets to the teachers to start to use for the students in PRE-K and head start!

    • Amanda (Post) Pertl September 12, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Yolonda! I am glad to help and I appreciate the support.