4 Fabulous First Week of School ELA Activities

ELA activities for the first week of school need to be a perfect fit. Try these ready-made plans for the best back-to-school ever! Your fourth grade students will love them. Furthermore, you’ll meet multiple standards.

Check out these first week of school lesson plans for fourth grade!

Ms. Sneed Plans Back-to-School ELA Activities

Our favorite fourth grade teacher, Ms. Sneed, sighed deeply. Yep. It was time to start planning. The school year would begin in just a few short weeks.

First, she thought about her ELA lesson plans. Hmm. Where to begin. As she scanned through the standards, she pondered building blocks. Which skills were necessary at the beginning of the year.

As she read, Ms. Sneed made a list:

  • Literature – structures of poetry, prose, and drama
  • Language – similes and metaphors
  • Writing – beginning of year sample + ?

As usual, Ms. Sneed searched Teachers pay Teachers first. Bingo! She found a complete Poetry, Drama, and Prose unit with a PowerPoint presentation, practice sheets, and an assessment. The set used traditional children’s literature.

Complete Unit to Teach Prose, Drama & Poetry

A theme formed in her head. Yes, Ms. Sneed would focus on nursery rhymes and fairy tales. That way, her brand-new fourth graders could find comfort in simple, familiar tales.


Next, she scanned materials for similes and metaphors. Soon she found a unit that taught figurative language with fairy tales. The corners of her mouth turned up. Sure enough, her back-to-school plans were taking shape.

ELA Activities - Similes and Metaphors with Fairy Tale Theme

As she continued searching, she talked herself through her remaining plans. “I need an icebreaker and writing sample.” Just then, a free resource popped up. Wonderful!

Back-to-School Writing Freebie

However, Ms. Sneed still had three days of writing to plan. “How about some poetry?” she pondered. And there it was: writing fairy tale limericks.

Writing Limericks ELA Activities

First Week of ELA Activities

Ms. Sneed pulled out her plan book and plotted the lessons. What a load off her mind! Now she could relax and enjoy the last few magical days of summer break.

First Week of School ELA Lesson Plans for Fourth Grade

Enjoy Teaching

Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.

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