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Top Tips for the First Days of School. Some of these are really good, even for secondary. Loved these activities! For teachers.

I like the class dictionary idea! Top Tips for the First Days of School. Some of these are really good, even for secondary. Loved these activities! For teachers.

Here are ideas for how teachers can connect effectively with parents. Click for more.

Talking to Parents: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

Talking to Parents: What Every Teacher Needs to Know in order to connect effectively with parents this year.a GREAT reminder that parents are human and need to be treated with respect

First day of school home room activity:

This is a game that is fun for the beginning of the year. The kids have to find someone different to sign in each box. Perfect idea for each class at the beginning of the year to meet new classmates.

Getting a new student no longer has to be stressful with these FREE DIY new student welcome packets. With just a little prep work, you can be ready for any new students. This little freebie will make a great gift to give your preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom students. Make sure to grab it today. {preK, K, first, second, third, fourth, fifth graders}

FREE DIY New Student Welcome Packets

New Student Welcome Packets are easy to make! Teachers, learn how to help welcome and grade students to your classroom with these cheap DIY new student kits!

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A fun graphic organizer for students to share lots of information about themselves. A great start of school year activity to be displayed in your classroom. Or simply have students create it so you can collect it and learn about them.

Mrs. Heeren's Happenings: "Me Bags" - First Day of School

"Me Bag" The students' "homework" for the first day of school is to fill up a brown paper bag with 5 or 6 things that are important to them. Over the next several days, they take turns sharing their bags with the class and talking a bit about themselves.

Great for first year teachers! TONS of great ideas for how to prepare for the first day of school.

Excellent teacher website with an entire list of procedures for the first days of school. Worth checking out! also attach a highlighter and pen to the box for students to add name to paper when turning in just in case they have not already.

First week of school ideas (for older grades) -- great teaching blog to follow as well

On the first day of school I write my kids a letter telling about myself, and then their task is to write a letter back to me. It gives the kids something simple to do while I deal with parents, school supplies and any other first day hiccups. The letters

List of 30 procedures to remember to teach at the start of the year or review after break

General procedures, daily tasks, and other activities to help you ward off some classroom behavior problems.

I Just Got a Teaching Job... Now What?!- Setting Up Your Room

CHAMPS Morning Procedures anchor chart: could also use Come into room quietly Homework turned in All class materials on desk Meeting classroom expectations Paying attention to speaker Sharing our thoughts and opinions respectfully!

A How-To for putting together an Olivia the Pig costume from I Want to be a Super Teacher. Perfect for Halloween or March is Reading Month!

How to be Olivia The Pig - Book Character Halloween

27 Halloween Costumes For Elementary School Teachers. This would be adorable for kids to dress up as their favorite book character. Great idea for a Halloween night at the library.

BEST SELLER UPDATED! Second Day In Second Grade Unit: A Back-To-School Packet For 2nd Grade.  This year some teachers said they wish they could use these activities any time during the school year! So once again I have updated this unit to have 3 different sets of page headers. Just pick the printable with the best heading to fit your individual needs. I also included three cover pages so you have the option to make a booklet for each student from the printables in this unit. $

2nd Grade ~ Second Day In Second Grade ~ A Back To School Packet For Grade 2

This September packet is good pass up! It is over 60 pages of games, activities and printables to help celebrate the second day of second grade and beyond.