Back to School FREEBIES

Real life algebra problem:

A new elementary school is being built. Contractors are estimating that only 24 of 36 classrooms will be ready when school starts. How many diet cokes and reese's does it take to calm down the other 12 teachers?

Yes, this is real life people. Our first grade classrooms ARE NOT going to be ready when school starts (EEK!). Solution? We are getting VERY creative with our teaching strategies. Thankfully, I have my own little area in the corner of the library until my classroom is ready. To say that I am exercising my problem solving skills and creativity is an understatement but I am DETERMINED to make it work without losing any instructional time with my kiddos. I'll let you know how it goes.

Until then, I've decided to share some of the resources that I use to get ready for Back to School!

Meet the Teacher Folder

If your school is anything like mine, you send home way TOO MANY papers home on Meet the Teacher night for parents to sign and return to school. To manage the paperwork, I started using a Meet the Teacher folder to help parents identify what needed to be filled out that night, what could be returned on Monday and what information could be left at home. I used these cute little labels to clarify the three categories.

Get them{here}.
Clipart credits ---> Melonheadz
Student Information, Getting to Know Your Child & Ready Confetti ---> First Grade Parade

I also use my Meet the Teacher folder to collect information about which parents want to volunteer to serve as Room Parent. At my school, the room parent is the guardian angel that organizes ALL class parties! (Seriously, they earn their wings!) I use this form to collect the information that I need, and the information that the room parent will need from parents who want to supply food and favors for the class parties.

Get it {here}.
Clipart credits ---> Kelly B's Clipart

Transportation Tags

The campus I work at it 1st-3rd grades. Students are not allowed to walk to and from campus, so we only have two modes of transportation: car pick up or bus rider. At the beginning of every year, I make a tag and attach it to my students backpacks. I've tried several different things in the past.

This year, I chose to go with a simpler design that allows for more flexibility. I will put the student's name at the top, then write their mode of transportation in the blank space. I needed more flexibility because there are now three different porches a student can be picked up on and I want to be able to right their porch number, etc. I used a dry erase in the example, but I plan to use a sharpie (which can still be erased with a Magic Eraser). I'm still trying to decide if I want them to hang vertically or horizontally from backpacks. What do you think?

Get it {here}.
Clipart credits ---> Ashley Hughes


  1. So cute, thanks for the freebies! I've got to get my butt in gear ;)

  2. Would you be able to send me a tag that matches the Complete and Return that you have, but instead of Monday, have it say Tuesday? (I know... CRAZY to start school on a Tuesday) It would help greatly! Thanks a ton! My email is

  3. I think I would hang them vertically. Love the idea.

  4. I think I would hang them vertically. Love the idea.

  5. Love your ideas! Would you be able to email the meet the teacher template that you used? I would love to you it for my 3rd grade parents. If so, my email is

    Thanks so much!

  6. Would you be able to let us know the font that you used for the Transportation Tags?


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