Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Back-to-School, and supports students in identifying and practicing strategies for making the transition a little easier. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.


Ask students:

  • How are you feeling about coming back to school this year? Or, if you are already back at school, how is it going?


  • Read aloud the description on the Back to School topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the five articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Assign the Back to School Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about going back to school while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a back-to-school tutorial video, guiding kids through strategies for a positive transition to the new school year. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map outlining potential challenges kids may face this school year, and identify strategies to deal with each. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that shares words of wisdom for other kids about going back to school this school year. 
  • Primary Source Activity: Examine the photograph of a one-room schoolhouse. Cite evidence to answer the accompanying questions.

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