Back to School 2024 Teaching Resources (2024)

Head back to school in 2024 with activities, classroom decor printables and so many more teacher resources created by teachers for teachers just like you!

Whether you're planning for your very first day as a teacher or just your first day of the 2024-2025 school year, we've got you covered with everything you're going to need to make students feel welcome students coming back to school and your classroom.

Explore editable Google Slides templates, printable back to school coloring pages and word searches, inspiring back to school quotes to hang on the walls of your classroom ... and that's just the start of what's in store for your teacher toolkit.Get the peace of mind that you'll be all set to head back into the classroom with everything you need for a successful school year!

Looking for ideas for getting your students excited about going back to school? Read on for tips from our teacher team, including back-to-school jokes you can share with your class and some back-to-school songs with a positive vibe to set the tone for the school year!

Silly Back to School Jokes for Kids

There's no question that telling jokes in your classroom can help build that student-teacher relationship. Are you hoping to incorporate a few kid-friendly (and seriously silly) puns into your planning? Here are a few that have a school theme and are appropriate to share with the younger elementary students:

  1. Why did the math worksheet look sad? It had a lot of problems.
  2. How do bees get to school? They take the buzzzzz.
  3. What did the crayon say to the pencil? You're pretty sharp.
  4. What did the pencil say to the sharpener? Get to the point!
  5. What do you call a dinosaur that sometimes teaches school? A "sub"-saurus!
  6. What's a teacher's favorite type of music? Class-ical!
  7. What's a vampire's favorite kind of test to take? A blood test!
  8. What is a snake’s favorite subject? – Hiss-tory.
  9. What did the bus driver say to the frog? Hop on.
  10. Why are fish so smart? They spend a lot of time in schools.

Back to School Songs to Play in the Classroom

Going back to school comes with mixed emotions for teachers and students. Excitement to see friends and learn new things can be mixed with apprehension — especially for pre-K or kindergarten students who may have never ridden a school bus or been in a school setting before. You'll want to set a positive tone from day one to help students start the school year off feeling energized and excited.

What better way to motivate your class and pump them up than playing songs perfect for back to school? You can play them quietly as students filter into the classroom in the morning on their first day, use them for a dance party brain break mid-day or add them to a classroom playlist for those times when you need to turn on some jams while kids work in small groups.

Here are a few favorite kid-friendly back-to-school songs from the teachers on the Teach Starter team:

  1. Welcome Back to School by Dwayne Reed — It doesn't get more on target than this fun tune from a Chicago educator. Teaching kindergarten? Check out Reed's Welcome to Kindergarten for a song that's more specific to your class.
  2. Happy by Pharrell — This song about not letting anything ruin your happy mood is perfect for establishing a positive vibe. You can also use it as an example of using repetition as a persuasive device in writing.
  3. Can't Stop This Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  4. We're All in This Together by the High School Musical cast
  5. ABC by The Jackson 5
  6. School Days by Chuck Berry — This is an oldie that most students will have never heard before, but it's still a goodie!
  7. The Educate Song — This is a cover of Bruno Mars' Grenade that's all about education, and it's sung by a group of public school students!

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  • Free Plan Read the Room - Classroom Labels With Pictures Label where school supplies and equipment are housed in your classroom with free printable classroom labels with pictures.
  • Free Plan Days of the Week Poster Display the days of the week with a bright and cheery Days of the Week poster for your classroom.
  • Free Plan Learning Goals Template With a Mountain Theme Use a free printable learning goals template with your students to take them to new heights this school year!
  • Free Plan Student Progress Report Parent Letter Templates Track academic and behavioral data with this set of progress report templates.
  • Free Plan Free Printable Password Tracker Template Grab a free password tracker printable to help your students keep track of their computer login information.
  • Free Plan Printable Person Outline - Body Template Create fun likenesses of your students and famous figures with a printable person online template.
  • Free Plan Back to School Today! Poem for Kids Ease back-to-school jitters and launch your students into a love of poetry with a short poem for kids written just for the first day of school!
  • Free Plan Printable 2024 Calendar with Holidays and School Events Organize your event planning for the whole year with this handy 2024 calendar of school events.
  • Free Plan Morning Greetings Display Greet each student at the door in style with this set of 4 greetings posters.
  • Free Plan Happy Note Home Communicate positive messages to parents and guardians with a Happy Note Home letter template.
  • Free Plan We Are... – Classroom Expectation Posters Set your new students up for success with this set of 11 classroom expectation posters.
  • Free Plan Student Differentiation Guide - Data Tracker Keep track of learning goals, accommodations, and student differentiation strategies with a handy student differentiation guide.
  • Plus Plan Voice Level Chart - Classroom Display Give your students reminders to maintain appropriate voice levels around the classroom with a voice level chart.
  • Plus Plan Morning Meeting Questions - 180-Day Slide Deck Download 180 days of morning meeting questions to foster communication and positivity while building relationships in your classroom.
  • Free Plan Sign Language Alphabet Poster Display this poster in your classroom as a reminder of how to represent the letters of the alphabet when spelling words in ASL (American Sign Language).
  • Plus Plan School Hall Pass Template Print your own hall passes for students to wear when they are moving around the school during class time.
  • Plus Plan Classroom Morning Routine and Agenda Slides Use these editable classroom morning routine slides to display important information for the day.
  • Free Plan Classroom Rules and Expectations – Cut and Paste Worksheets Start your year off right by reviewing classroom rules with a cut-and-paste, writing and drawing activity.
  • Free Plan Behavior Punch Card – Right on Target! Motivate your students to be on target with this punch card template.
  • Free Plan Classroom Expectations - Behavioral Visual Support Posters Set clear expectations with a visual classroom expectations poster for the classroom.
  • Free Plan Editable Parent Reminder Notes Keep your parents informed with this set of 27 editable reminder notes.
  • Plus Plan Google Slides Meet the Teacher Template Use this editable back to school Google Slides template for your Meet the Teacher or Back-to-School Parent Information event!
  • Free Plan Parent/Teacher Conferences – Planner Page – Cream Make scheduling parent-teacher conferences a breeze with this printable template.
  • Plus Plan Using Google Classroom – Teaching Presentation Teach students how to use Google Classroom with this 15-slide interactive presentation.
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