Back to School Math and Literacy Kindergarten Activities

We all know that the first weeks of school with Kindergarten students is an extremely busy time. As teachers, we want to set the stage for a fun and productive year. Using the Back to School Math and Literacy Kindergarten Activities, covering essential outcomes is easy! The activities are fun and engaging and there is no prep required. All you need to do is print the worksheets and you’re ready to teach.


Back to School Math and Literacy Activities Kindergarten Bundle

There are a ton of activities included in this bundle covering a range of math and literacy outcomes.

Back to School Math Activities

Back to School Math Activities for Kindergarten students

The following math activities are included in the Back to School Math and Literacy Kindergarten Activities Bundle:

Numbers to 10

• School Supplies Count & Match

• School Count

• Back to School Ten Frames

• Ten Frame Comparison

• Apple Comparison

• Before & After

• Missing Apples

• Number Order

• Number Puzzle 1-5

• Number Puzzle 1 – 10

• Back to School Shopping

• Number Words

• Number Ten Frame Posters 1 – 10

Numbers to 20

• School Number Order

• School Blocks

Addition & Subtraction

• My School Supplies

• Making 10

• Back to School Number Bonds I

• Back to School Number Bonds II

• Color by Addition

• Color by Subtraction

Measurement, Graphing, and Patterns

• Back to School Units

• School Measurements

• Time for School

• How we Get to School

• Shape Match

• Back to School Patterns

Let’s have a look at some of the Back to School Math Activities in action.

Numbers and Counting

Numbers and counting is one of the first math activities that Kindergarten children will work on at the beginning of the school year. The foundation of math built up on an understanding of numbers and quantities. These worksheets focus on counting to 10, counting to 20, counting the number of objects in a group, number words, and writing numbers.

Counting to 10

Building number sense by counting objects and matching it to a number is covered by several worksheets in the Back to School Math and Literacy Activities Bundle. In this first activity, students count school objects and color the matching number. This activity covers numbers 1 to 5.

Back to School counting to 5 math worksheet

This activity covers the same concept in a hands on way for numbers 1 to 10. Students are introduced to the number, number word, and counting objects all in the same activity. This is ideal for math centers, guided math groups and morning time.

Back to school counting worksheet for the number 6

Children cut and paste the number of school buses to match the number.

Back to school counting worksheet for the number 6

Number order 1 to 10 is covered with this hands on activity. Children cut and paste the numbers on the glue bottles in the correct order. Quick and easy, this math activity is ideal for the beginning of the school year.

Counting 1 to 10 cut and paste worksheet

This activity also provides students with an opportunity to order the numbers from 1 to 10 and build their number sense. Students count the numbers on the apples and paste the missing number in the number sequence.

Number ordering cut and paste math worksheet

The challenge with this activity is that counting forwards begins at a different number on each line.

Number ordering cut and paste math worksheet

Counting from 11 to 20 is the next math outcome covered. Learning to count from 11 to 20 requires more than just counting and number recognition. Kindergarten students are introduced to place value, and tens and ones. Base ten blocks are used as hands on math manipulatives and this worksheet reinforces place value concepts with images of base ten blocks. Children count the base ten blocks and color the matching number.

Base ten blocks place value counting from 11 to 20 math worksheet

Learning to count past 10 can be tricky for some Kindergarten students to learn. This activity reinforces counting and ordering numbers from 11-20 and can be used as an extension to the Number Order worksheet with the glue bottles.

Counting from 11 to 10 cut and paste math worksheet

With no prep required, this activity is ideal for the beginning of a busy school year. Use it in your math centers, guided math groups or for morning work to teach and reinforce counting and number sense in your students.

Counting from 11 to 10 cut and paste math worksheet

Addition and Subtraction

After kindergarten students have mastered counting 1 to 10, basic addition and subtraction activities can be introduced. The following activities are ideal for the beginning of the school year.

The color by addition worksheet only contains addition facts to 5. Combine this activity with math counters and you have a math activity that is hands on, fun and engaging for your Kindergarten students.

Color by addition math worksheet

Similarly, the color by subtraction worksheet also contains subtraction facts to 5. Both the color by addition and color by subtraction activities are a great way to ease kindergarten children into understanding basic operations.

Color by subtraction math worksheet

Measurement, Graphing and Patterns

Other math topics covered in the Back to School Math and Literacy Activities Bundle include measurement, graphing and patterns.

The following measurement worksheets introduce children to non standard units of measurement. In the Back to School Units worksheet, students measure school objects with up to 5 units. This beginning measurement activity is ideal for children still learning to count to 10.

Back to School measurement with non-standard units math worksheet

For a more hands on approach, the following worksheet provides a paper clip ruler with which children can measure a variety of school objects.

Measurement with non-standard units math worksheet

Students cut the paperclip ruler out and measure using the line beside the school object.

Measurement with non-standard units math worksheet

Patterning is a basic math skill that is the foundation to concepts such as skip counting and addition. This activity provides your kindergarten students with an opportunity to recognize and complete patterns.

Back to school ABAB patterning math worksheet

Children cut and paste the school objects to complete the ABAB patterns.

Back to school ABAB patterning math worksheet

Back to School Literacy Activities

Back to School Kindergarten Literacy Activities

The following literacy activities are included in the Back to School Math and Literacy Kindergarten Activities Bundle:

Alphabet Activities

• School Bus Letter Match for each letter of the alphabet (26 pages)

• Roll and Write the ABCs

• Letter Match Puzzles

• Alphabet Sequence Puzzles

• Alphabet Scramble

• Alphabet Sort (Sort uppercase and lowercase letters)

• Sorting Letters and Numbers

• Sorting Letters and Words

Phonemic Awareness and Phonic Activities

• Real and Nonsense Words

• Syllable Sort

• Beginning Sounds

• Rhyming School Bags

Sight Word Activities

• Scrambled Sentences

• School Bus Match (sight word matching) (4 pages)

• Color Words

• Color by Sight Words

Labeling Activities

• Parts of a School 

• Parts of a Student

Let’s have a look at some of the Back to School Literacy Activities in action.

Alphabet Activities

One of the most important literacy skills that a Kindergarten student needs to attain is knowing their letters of the alphabet. In the Back to School Math and Literacy Activities Bundle, there are numerous alphabet activities for teaching and reinforcing the alphabet. These range from differentiating between letters and numbers, recognising lowercase and uppercase letters of the alphabet, writing the alphabet letters, and putting the letters of the alphabet in order., there are numerous alphabet activities for teaching and reinforcing the alphabet. These range from differentiating between letters and numbers, recognising lowercase and uppercase letters of the alphabet, writing the alphabet letters, and putting the letters of the alphabet in order.

Sorting Numbers and Letters Activity

Before students can learn the alphabet, they need to be able to differentiate between letters and numbers. In this activity, kindergarten students cut out letters and numbers and sort them into their matching groups. This hands on activity is great for literacy centers and small groups.

Sorting letters and numbers literacy worksheet

Lowercase and Uppercase Letters of the Alphabet

Students need to be able to recognise both lowercase and uppercase letters of the alphabet. Recognition of the different case forms is an essential early reading skill. There are several activities that address this skill in the Back to School Math and Literacy Kindergarten Bundle. These include:

School Bus Alphabet Letter Match Activity

In the bundle you will find an alphabet letter match printable for every letter in the alphabet. Students sort the letters by whether they are lowercase or uppercase and paste it to the matching school bus.

School Bus alphabet uppercase and lowercase letter match worksheet

A variety letter fonts have been used so students can begin to be exposed to the different forms of print in reading.

School Bus alphabet uppercase and lowercase letter match worksheet

Alphabet Letter Match Puzzles

Another fun and engaging letter matching activity is the alphabet puzzles. Students cut out the puzzle pieces and paste them to match the lowercase and uppercase alphabet letters. The letters spell the word shown in the puzzle picture.

Alphabet uppercase and lowercase letter match puzzle activity

Ordering the Letters of the Alphabet

The concept of ordering the letters of the alphabet is a skill that kindergarten students will use throughout their life. In this activity, the letters of the alphabet are scrambled. Students write the letters of the alphabet in the correct order. To give the students extra support, the alphabet sequence is provided near the top of the worksheet.

Alphabet scramble worksheet to help children learn the order of letters in the alphabet

Phonemic Awareness and Phonic Activities

Introducing phonemic awareness and phonic skills at the beginning of the school year is one of the first steps to preparing Kindergarten students to learn to read. In the following activity, students say the name of the school object and color the matching beginning sound.

Back to School beginning sounds worksheet.

Sight Word Activities

Sight words are very important for Kindergarten students to master. It is said that sight words make up 75% of the words found in children’s books. Reading is much easier for students that master their sight words.

School Bus Sight Word Match

In this activity, students match the sight words to the matching school bus. This fun and engaging hands on activity is ideal for literacy centers or small group work.

Back to School sight words matching activity for Kindergarten students.

The sight words are presented in a variety of font types to the students so they can be exposed to the different forms of print in reading.

Back to School sight words matching activity for Kindergarten students.

Color by Sight Words

This activity is another fun way to reinforce those important sight words. Students color the sight words using the code provided on the worksheet. Finding and coloring the matching sight words will assist in developing instant recognition of them and contribute to the development of fluent reading.

Back to School Color by sight words worksheet for Kindergarten students.

Scrambled Sentences

Scrambled sentences is an ideal activity for giving Kindergarten students additional practice reading sight words and easy sentences. Children cut out the words and put them in the correct order to create a sentence that makes sense. Then students write the sentence beneath. In this simple activity sight words, reading and writing are covered in a fun and engaging way.

Back to School scrambled sentence literacy worksheet.
Back to School scrambled sentence literacy worksheet.

The scrambled sentences relate to the beginning of the school year and provide an opportunity for class discussion and engagement with the students about how they get to school. A great topic for the beginning of the school year!

Back to School scrambled sentence literacy worksheet.
Back to School scrambled sentence literacy worksheet.

Lots more activities are included in the Back to School Bundle. Click here to find the Back to School Math and Literacy Kindergarten Activities Bundle.

I hope you find these Back to School activities and printables helpful during the beginning of your school year!

Basia

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