Back to School Checklist and Tools for Teachers with Social Distancing in Mind

Back to School Checklist

This year is going to be different than any year we have ever taught before thanks to Covid-19.  The best thing you can do now is get a jump start on classroom organization.  I like to have checklists and a lot of teaching tools at my fingertips before I begin the school year in order for my days to go as smooth as possible.  The best advice someone gave me once was to always plan and if the plan doesn’t work in teaching, change the plan.

Checklists for Teachers

Here is a list of things you can add to your own checklist for this school year.  I have a free social distancing checklist download on TpT you can use if you don’t want to make your own.

  • Gather and organize classroom materials and supplies. (Include safety supplies, masks and hand sanitizer)
  • Distance seats from each student.
  • Make it a rule that kids need their own water bottle to keep kids out of the water fountain.
  • Create individualized bins for each student for supplies.
  • Prepare student name tags and/or student desk labels.
  • Organize your files.
  • Label all furniture in the classroom.
  • Create an emergency substitute folder.
  • Label textbooks, workbooks, and supplies.
  • Set up your grade book.
  • Make the first day of lesson plans very detailed.
  • Have rules for the NEW social distancing guidelines if you are in person.
  • If you are doing virtual or a blended version of both, create those rules.
  • Decorate your room to help students remember new safety guidelines.
  • Plan icebreakers for each day the first week of school.
  • Have a classroom calendar and schedule in the classroom.

Teacher Toolkit

In order to help you with all the new social distance guidelines and distance learning, I got together with some of my favorite teacher authors to bring you some teaching tools you can use in this Back to School Tools for Teachers! This is exciting because some of these are resources are way too time consuming for teachers to create.  There are a few freebies in the mix too.

Here are the resources for your Distance Learning Teaching Toolkit:

All About Me Google Slides | Star Student     Virtual Meet the Teacher | OPEN HOUSE | Google Slides

Social Distancing Greetings | Posters | Craft | Mini Books   Social Distancing Posters | Mini Book

Back to School Getting to Know You Project for Distance Learning   Social Distancing Coloring Book EDITABLE | Classroom Rules Coloring Book

Math and ELA Toolbox Distance Learning   Pen Pal Packet for Distance Learning

Back to School Distance Learning Activity - Reading Interest Inventory Survey   1/2 PRICE! Covid 19 Safety Posters and EDITABLE Desk Name Plates

Distance Learning Coronavirus | How to Talk to Young Children About the Virus  Teacher Planning Tool for Digital Organization

Distance Learning Animal Adaptations for Google Classroom  Emergent Readers | Back to School Staying Safe School Rules Booklet

Virtual Learning Behavior Expectations Posters| Distance Learning| Google Slides  Home School Calendar Toolkit

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Distance Learning Packets for HOME

This is a difficult time for teachers and parents everywhere with the uncertainty of the Coronavirus changing our life.  There is one thing that I know for sure, CHILDREN NEED to keep a routine in their life to help them feel safe.  I created some distance learning packets with a fun spring theme to help keep children on track with their education and on a regular routine.

Packets range from Pre-K to 5th Grade.  They all include math and literacy skills that are specific to the standards for each grade.  Each packet has a sight word list, reading log, writing activities and include different covers.  This makes it easy to print and staple into a fun Spring Break Journal.

The easy NO PREP packets are available for only $4:

PRESCHOOL

KINDERGARTEN

FIRST GRADE

SECOND GRADE

THIRD GRADE

FOURTH GRADE

FIFTH GRADE

GET the all BUNDLED!

PRESCHOOL HOME LEARNING PACKET

KINDERGARTEN DISTANCE LEARNING PACKET

FIRST GRADE HOME LEARNING PACKET

SECOND GRADE DISTANCE LEARNING PACKET

tHIRD GRADE HOME LEARNING PACKET

4TH GRADE DISTANCE LEARNING pACKET

5TH gRADE HOME LEARNING PACKET

We are in this together! Here is a FREE home lesson made especially for families who want their kids to learn about healthy habits and have fun while they are home.

Coronavirus Distance Learning for PARENTS

Another great way to keep kids engaged is to have them create a 2020 Memory Journal.  Journaling is a great way for kids to organize their feelings.  They will write about their feelings, things they can control, learn about the stock market on a kids friendly level, take temperatures and read about healthy habits.

Coronavirus Journal for Kids

Hopefully this pandemic won’t run all the way into summer.  I do have summer packets ready for you. Check out the bundle.

summer packets for home learning

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Christmas FREE Printables and Lessons for Kids

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The holidays are a really busy time for everyone, but ESPECIALLY teachers! This is why I teamed up with some great TpT authors to give you FREE TEACHING CHRISTMAS Resources at you fingertips! Click the photo of what you want to download from TpT! Don’t forget to let the author know how much you appreciate their hard work in your feedback or blog comments so we are encouraged to keep the freebies flowing! Have a great holiday season!

FREE Holiday Printables

Christmas Activities | 3D Tree    POLAR EXPRESS Activities Color Sheet NO PREP Fun for Winter  Free Christmas Cards    Winter Math Worksheets Free

    Snow Globe Narrative Writing Freebie   Free Number Sense and Number Gift Coloring Game!

 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas- I Have Who Has {Freebie}   FREE Christmas Multiplication Activities

Making Ten to Add  Holiday FREEBIE Mega Math Practice CCSS 1.OA.6A   Hanukkah  FREE

Christmas Ornament Poem (to put on an ornament)   Christmas Memories Ornament

 

Primary Teacher Challenge

Do you like free resources?  Do you love to see what other teachers are doing in their classroom, but can’t because you are busy teaching?  Well, I have something fun for you! Go check out my Facebook Page.  Pinned at the top is the video (same video as below) of me explaining how to win free resources by simply sharing one of your fantastic lessons with the rest of us by snapping a quick picture and adding it to comment section with a sentence.  Go check it out to discover the criteria I’m looking for, and hopefully see some other teacher’s lessons for inspiration.  I can’t wait to see what you all are doing with the kiddos!