Depending on what kind of Back to School Night you have, depends on what you can do or not do. At my old school, it was basically a night for kids to show their parents the classroom, meet me and the other teachers. My new school, it's only for the parents to attend and it's for me to explain what second grade will be like for the kids. Because our back to school night is like that we have something called, Sweet Second Grade Spotlight where kids come in with their parents and show them the things we are working on. This takes place in Janaury. Here are some things I have done in the past or continue to do each year depending on the kind of night you have.
1) I have my kids make a pretty big self portrait of themselves. I then tape it onto the back of their chairs so it looks like the kids are actually sitting in their seat. This is WAY CUTE and my favorite!
2) Math Center- I have a word problem for the parents to solve with the kids. It usually entails solving a problem and graphing something.
3) Kids write their parents a letter and the parents write them back stating a goal they would like to have their child accomplish.
4) I usually have a question, comment and compliment box for parents to drop me an idea.
5) A To Do List on things for the kids and parents to see and do while they are in the school.
6) Art project- Usually related to SS or Science unit. Example, I have prepared craft materials for families to make insects and then they need to name them. (We study Insects). I have also had families create a pattern necklace.
7) Fill out a family community poster. This is a poster I have created that looks like a house and in each room, the kids need to answer a question about their family.
8) Have students introduce their parent to me and the other teachers.
9) Have students introduce their parent to another student's parent they don't already know in the class.
10) Have parents sign up for conferences, volunteering, field trips, etc.
11) You could have the kids create a BINGO sheet with either math problems, facts about the class or school, facts about kids in the room, etc and then play.
12) I always have a compliment card for parents to fill out for their child so that the next day, the kids will have a special note from their parents. If a parent does not come, I write it for the child.
13) When I present to the parents, I always hand out materials required from my school and district. I also hand out my survival guide.
I hope these inspire you in some way!
Smiles and good luck!