New School Year Lessons

I was recently rehired by the school district.  Yaaay!  However, I do not currently have a position as the school I left lost positions and I will not be going back there.  I am currently looking for a position in both middle schools and elementary schools.  With the school year just around the corner, I figured I better start lesson planning now—but wait, I don’t know what grade or what subject I am going to be teaching.  Therefore, I came up with some ideas that will fit into any subject in pretty much any grade level.  At least I will have some ideas to pull from once I do get an assignment.

Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments section as I can always use more.


  • Introduction Letter–Write a letter introducing yourself to _____________. Include your hobbies, your likes, your dislikes, and the funniest thing ever.
  • Pet Story–Choose any animal (real or fictional) You get to have this animal as a pet for one week. What adventures would you have with this pet? What type of trouble might happen? Do you still want to keep the animal at the end of the week? Do you love the animal at the end of the week?
  • Advice letter–Write a letter to a student in the previous grade. Give them good advice on how to best survive and be successful in that grade. (SEND letters!)


  • Favorite Things–Draw all of your favorite things on a poster. Label them
  • Adjectives–Write down 5 adjectives that describe you in a way that uses the meaning of the word in order to write it.

Social Studies

  • Timeline–Draw a timeline of your life with all of the important events that have happened in your life.
  • “Where do you come from?” Interpret that question and answer it as fully and creatively as you can. You may write, draw, act, sing, dance, etc.


  • Charades–Act out your favorite ____________. Everyone tries to guess.


  • Measurements, equalities, ratios, tangrams
  • Circle Clap–In a circle place your left hand on top of the right hand of the person to your left. Pass the clap. As you pass the clap you must say the next multiple of _____________. (Count by ___________)
  • Measurement Estimates–In groups have students estimate the measurement of certain objects. They turn in their group papers. They get rulers and measure the objects. Class surveyed for agreement on actual measurements and the group who had the most correct or closest wins.
  • “tangrams”–Using the materials on you, build a(n) ________________. (elephant, fly, piano, tree, etc.) Each group shares with the class.


  • Name Game–In a circle, say your name and do an action with it. When it is your turn start with the first person and say each person’s name with their action. You finish your turn with your name and your action.
  • “Simon” Says–Simon says, but use the leader’s name.
  • Duck-Duck-Goose–If you say the correct name of the person, that’s a duck. If you miss the name or stop for 3 seconds, that’s a goose.

Study Skills

  • Portfolios–Writing portfolio, Project Portfolio, Online/Digital Portfolio, etc.
  • Subject Notebook–Set up notebooks with 5 pages for table of contents (Date, Title, Page) and number the first 50 pages front and back.
  • Agenda books–On the first day received students write that they are to write their homework down every day, check it off as they finish, and show their parents once they have completed it. Student signs and parent signs.
  • Write a complimentary note to each parent and get their signature back
  • Parent Survey–Since the parents are the adults who best know the students ask the parents about the child’s likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, advice on how to best work with their child, and the best (only ONE) phone number to get a hold of them since many calls take place during class and dialing multiple numbers may not be realistic.
  • Mix-Trade-Match–Students are given a card with either an expectation or an example on it. They walk around the room and mix for several seconds. At the signal they trade cards with someone near them so no one ends up with the same card. They find the person with the matching card; if they have an example, they look for someone with an expectation and vice-versa. When they find their match they introduce themselves and shake hands. They then discuss whether the example meets the expectation or not and why or why not. Go around and share what was discussed.

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