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 third or fourth grade students will love them. Furthermore, you’ll meet multiple standards.
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 slideshows, practice sheets, and an assessment. The set used traditional children’s literature.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I taught fourth grade for more than 30 years. Now I tell my teaching tales through the eyes of Ms. Sneed, a fictitious teacher. Over the course of my career, I realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. Hopefully, my stories and strategies will inspire you to enjoy teaching too!