How exciting!  It’s that time of year – time for the kids to go back to school!

Let’s kick off the first couple weeks with this fun Back to School write the room activity.   

As you know, it’s important to keep learning fun for young children. 

We want them to have a love for lifelong learning, starting in the early years of prek, kindergarten and first grade.  

This printable Back to School Write the Room activity will get them up and engaged in fun learning opportunities.  

Why Kids Love Write the Room Activities

Our holiday collection of Write the Room activities are an interactive language arts learning experience with a fun twist.  

Kids get to learn new vocabulary and practice early writing skills while interacting with their environment. 

Simply hang the picture cards around the room at the kids eye level, and give your kids the write the room recording sheets.

The room word cards that you’ve hung up. As they find a card, they write the word on their recording sheet. 

If you don’t want to hang the cards around the room, you can put them in a fun zoo animals sensory bin.

Kids can sift through the sensory base to find and record Back to School vocabulary words.  

Back to School Write the Room

This Back to School Write the Room is an interactive writing center, or sensory bin activity, to build vocabulary and engage your active learners in seasonal writing.

 There are 2 Recording Sheets and LEVELED Cards included for differentiation.

Level 1 Picture Cards have the word under the clipart image.

Level 2 Picture Cards do NOT have the word under the clipart image.

Choose a level, post the picture cards around the room, and the students become eager to record the words on their record sheet.

** Make sure the kids have a hard surface to write on when recording words around the room. These colorful clipboards are great for fun activities such as these.

Back to School Vocabulary Words

PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students read and write around the room, recording up to 16 Back to School vocabulary words.

  • calendar
  • friends
  • classroom
  • pencil
  • backpack
  • glue
  • journal
  • crayons
  • desk
  • scissors
  • books
  • school
  • bus
  • lunchbox
  • numbers
  • snack

What’s Included in the Write the Room Packs

When you purchase the Back to School Write the Room printables, you will get:

  • 16 Level 1 cards (full color)
  • 16 Level 2 cards (full color)
  • 1 Recording sheets (Black and white)

The updated recording sheets are the lined version. This helps kindergarten students with correct letter formation and early handwriting skills.

More Ways to Use a Write the Room Activity

Active children love walking around the room looking for the next picture card location.

It’s as though you are sending them on a picture and word hunt – perfect for building confidence in their early reading and writing skills.

But, what if you don’t want the kids walking around the room, or simply don’t have enough spaces to hang the cards. No worries – I’ve got you!

Other ways teachers use write the room printables:

  • Sensory bin activity: put the cards inside a sensory bin, and let the kids pull them to transfer onto their recording sheet.

  • Guided Reading: Use with kids in a small group. Guided reading groups are a valuable time to work with kids in small groups. Give kids level 2 cards and help them segment the beginning sounds, middle sound, and ending sound of each vocab word.

  • Morning work tubs: Put the recording sheets and word cards in a tub that kids can pull and work on when they get to school – waiting on others to arrive.

  • Scoot game: place the cards on different desks around the room. Each kid gets a recording sheet. Set a timer for 1 minute. When the timer goes off, the kids take their recording sheet and scoot to the next desk to record another word. Do this until they’ve rotated to all 16 vocabulary cards.

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