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I love this idea and the fact that there are different sticky notes used! Confessions of a Teaching Junkie: The BEST First Day Ever! I may have to use this for the first day/or back to school after winter break

Snowball Fight...kids write 3 things about themselves on a sheet of white paper.  They do not write their names on the paper.  Wad it up and on your command, have a "snowball" (or baseball) fight.  At the end of 1 minute, each student grabs the nearest snowball and tries to guess who wrote it.  Would be great at the beginning of the year!

kids write 3 things about themselves on a sheet of white paper. They do not write their names. Wad it up and on your command, have a "snowball" fight. At the end of 1 minute, each student grabs the nearest snowball and tries to guess who wrote it.

Cupcake Contraction Sort

Students can use this activity as an opportunity to learn what exactly contractions are. Art is used through choosing colors (warm/cool) to make their cupcake and designing it as they choose. Along with art students learn la

Awesome Reading Chair...start with a thrift store find.

Pinner says: Reading Theme Chair. I think I'm going to make a writing one for students to share thier writing!

Make Wise Choices! Poster cute!

Owls Collection, Make Wise Choices! Motivational Poster, 13 x 19 inches, Multi-colored Text on Black Background

Effort meter--have students evaluate themselves.

Have students gauge their effort to increase student engagement. This makes students know that it is always good to keep trying and to always put much effort to their academic and behaviors


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Great idea for the first few days of school

Beginning of year activity. Six Classroom Questions to start off the school year!

great idea to hear what students need from me at the beginning of the year - could also make a chart for what I need from the students (leave up all year long)

What Kind of Teacher Do You Want? anchor chart to begin year I think this would piggy back nicely with a What Kind of Student Do I Want? anchor chart (They give me what they think I want and I add so in if needed.

Back to School: Sunglasses "looking back on summer."

Back to school idea - "We're looking back on summer, this is what we see!" Have students draw pictures of things they have done over summer break in sunglasses. You could also do it for things students are looking forward to this year.

First day of school. Nice idea to see things from a students' perspective. :)

Great beginning of the year activity! What kind of teacher do you want? What kind of student do I want?

Swimming Into Second: Back to School Bash

The Back to School Bash includes a little bit of everything that you may need for a successful start to a new school year! -"Let's get acquainted" activities

These kites are great reminders to kids of what contractions are.  They even use the word in a sentence as an example.  It's also a cute decoration for in the classroom! -Jenny Koloske

I would use these in my classroom after teaching contractions. I would divide students into groups and have each group create different contraction kites, then have them share and hang from the ceiling as reminders!

Monday Made It {Beach Ball Activity}  I made this and I just changed the questions. I found the ball at Target for about $1.50. Easy and inexpensive!

For the Love of Teaching: Monday Made It {Beach Ball Activity & Math About Me}. We have used inflatable ball for Geography. Seen some fill in the blank, what about blue or clear then they could write on it?

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