Back to School Writing FREEBIE FUN!


Hi Friends… I don’t know about you, but on the first day of school I like get my kiddos writing RIGHT AWAY!  After we get their supplies in order and get ourselves organized, I always do a read-aloud called How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague.
Click this picture to check it out on Amazon.
After I read the story to them,  we do a sharing circle on the carpet where we share Something We Did and Somewhere  We Went so that all of the students have an opportunity to share.  This is a PERFECT springboard for our first writing activity of the year!  We will complete  The Scoop on Summer Flip Flap Book to record all of our summer memories.  It is a great way assess their writing skills, spelling skills, and cutting skills!  I found out first hand last year that kids have trouble cutting…what in the world…. I nipped that one in the bud with my flip flap books.  They were cutting machines by the end of the year 🙂
My friend Corinna over at Surfin’ Through Second has already started school and I have a couple of weeks left, so she shared this picture with me!  I was SOOOOOOOO excited that she shared it with me and she said her little ones loved it.  I am a Happy Camper 🙂
There are a few design choices to pick from…
You can also check out my video on What I Do on the First Day of Second Grade!

What’s even better than this….is that this flip flap book is a FREEBIE in my TPT Shop!
Click the image below to download your free copy!
I hope you enjoy using it with your students this year!


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  • Suzy Q
    August 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

    When I moved to second grade I mistakenly thought we could write our own "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" stories similar to the book. Um, no! I think listening to it is plenty for freshly-out-of-first-graders!

  • Cindy Luoma
    July 10, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I teach second grade too. I have some of your books and love them! I would love to win these for my first week back!
    Cindy Luoma
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  • Tyler Todd
    July 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for all the great ideas! All of this would be amazing to do the first week of school! This will be my first year teaching and I will be teaching 2nd grade! I can’t wait!

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  • Wendy White
    August 6, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Great Ideas can’t wait to use them! I teach 2nd grade and have used a few of your items in the past. They are always a hit.

  • Lauren Darrell
    August 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I have taught Kindergarten for 5 years and am now switching to 2nd! I would love your books for our first week of school 🙂

    Thank you so much for posting these!