13 Tips for Getting Ready for Back to School
As you plan for the year, try these tips to help you take advantage of all that Scholastic has to offer.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
With back to school fast-approaching, there's no doubt you've got a to-do list miles long. Knock off all the extra work (and save yourself a headache, too!) with these tips.
1. Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Sign up to receive your free Scholastic Monthly Teacher Newsletter packed with loads of great ideas. If you already have an account, make sure your information is up to date by logging in to "My Account." Don't forget to set Scholastic as an approved email sender so your e-news update doesn't get marked as spam!
2. It's a date! Stay on top of your schedule this year with the monthly Planning Calendar. Print it out and paste in your planning book for quick teaching ideas every day!
3. Design your dream classroom with Scholastic's Class Set-Up Tool. View virtual arrangements of students' desks and classroom furniture, and print out your seating charts.
4. Get book smart this summer with the Book Wizard. Make a book list for each month or curriculum theme throughout the year — save, and print when you need it for class.
5. Start your engines... or printers, rather. Subscribe now to Scholastic Printables and explore 15,000+ standards-based resources that you can categorize, print, and store.
6. Autumn in July? Not with Lesson Plans! Discover thousands of free lesson plans, unit plans, disussion guides, and extension activities.
7.Embrace your inner Techie with Scholastic's Computer Lab Favorites. These quick, handy, and prep-free activities encourage independent computer time for students and cooperative learning groups.
8.Keep ‘em Handy! Print up sample Graphic Organizers and copies of other essential items, like your class list, to keep as check off lists, homework lists, etc. when you're on the go!
9.Give your word wall a makeover with the Scholastic Flashcard Maker. It's an easy, fun tool to make flash cards for math, vocabulary, or history practice.
10.Bring authors to life with Scholastic's Books & Authors video collection. Check out the Author Video Index to plan your literature lessons around authors you want to study.
11. Got an iPod? Download Podcasts from Scholastic's education experts. Put on your headset and plug in to a Podcast during your commute, while at lunch, or while on recess duty.
12. Forgot to get your flu shot? Fill out your Substitute Teacher Information Sheet now so it's ready when you're out with the flu or taking a personal day to recuperate!
13. Say cheese! Log on and review 100 ways to use digital cameras in your classroom.