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Finding fun and engaging back to school ideas and activities can be a challenge. As you try to set up your rules and routines for the beginning of the school year, there are a lot of demands on your time.

Getting ready for open house and meet the teacher, curriculum night, and setting up your perfect theme. Add in the latest in trying to think about setting up your classroom for social distancing, and it’s even more difficult! It’s A LOT! Here I’ve compiled my favorite resources and ideas to help you get back to school stress-free!

Back to School Books

At back to school time, there are a few things you are looking to accomplish with your interactive read alouds:

Back to School Books by Grade Level

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st grade
  • 2nd grade
  • 3rd grade
  • 4th grade
  • 5th grade

Better Interactive Read Aloud Strategies

Looking to figure our interactive read alouds or add more strategies to your toolbelt? I’ve got you covered!

Check out these 20 elementary read alouds for back to school! These fun activities are your survival kit perfect for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. TIps and ideas to help you hack classroom management and build community while covering standards!
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If you’re looking to add to your interactive read aloud strategies, you could see I get more students talking during discussions. One of the interactive read aloud strategies that I really focus on is sentence frames. There are plenty of other quick wins to make your discussions and read alouds better as well!

Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plans

There is a lot that goes into interactive read aloud lesson plans. Choosing the right book is certainly the first step.

One way that you can make your lesson plans easier is by making Google read aloud lessons and activities! You can reuse and tweak them each year or for each class depending on their needs.

Read Aloud Lesson Plans For the WHOLE YEAR

Making lesson plans can be time-consuming and stressful, though. If you’re looking to go into this next school year without stress, you can become a member.


  • Over 400 lessons for grades K-5 with DIGITAL COMPONENTS
  • Each lesson includes:
    • week-long lesson plan
    • discussion questions
    • comprehension questions
    • suggested discussion strategies
    • reading response pages and graphic organizers
    • anchor chart ideas
    • Google Slides for teacher or student use
    • Google Docs and Slides response pages
    • Digital graphic organizers
  • Over 200 lessons available in Spanish and English
  • Private members-only community forums to share ideas, collaborate, problem-solve and chat
  • Monthly Member Calls + Book Giveaways!
  • More Free Time, Less Time Planning
  • Immediate access to all new lesson plans added monthly

How do you get ready for back to school?

How will you make this year the best yet? I’d love to be a small part of your success and hopefully give you some new ideas and tricks to try with your kids!

Whether you teach Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth or even sixth grade, I’ve got some new strategies for you to try. If you teach in a traditional English-only classroom, ESL, bilingual, dual language immersion or in the library, we’re going to make this year the best, most stress-free one yet.

Are you a resource teacher, self-contained classroom teacher, interventionist, reading specialist or librarian? This back to school time is going to be awesome!

If you want updates, tricks, ideas, strategies and freebies sent right to your inbox, sign up below! The thing is, it’s best to use your personal email rather than your school email. School district email filters don’t like emails from outside your district, and I want to make sure my emails make it to your inbox.

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