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Some standards based lessons to use the first day of school designed to get to know your students academically as well as make some good bulletin boards.

I am Stephanie, an upper elementary teacher, who is obsessed with creating rigorous, engaging, and long lasting lessons for my students. I share practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

Calendar math is the perfect review math center.  See how I use it in my 5th grade classroom, and how calendar math helps my students review everything they learn!

Calendar Math in the Classroom

Calendar Math for Upper Elementary BUNDLE! Includes Bulletin Board Activities, Calendar Pattern Cards, Student Workbooks, and MORE! Calendar Math made easy.

Be positive this year! Love this! :)In 2014- Don’t Nag, Instead Brag - Teacher to the Core

I have to tell you in 2014 I am going to continue to seek the positive. I will not “nag” instead I will “brag” using these notes!

Using the Standards to Get to Know My Class...standards based ideas for the first weeks of school to get your kids into academics but still have a little get to know you fun.

I am Stephanie, an upper elementary teacher, who is obsessed with creating rigorous, engaging, and long lasting lessons for my students. I share practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

I Am Special...Life Matters -The Important Book -Teaching in Room 6: Using the Standards to Get to Know My Class

Using the Standards to Get to Know My Class

I am Stephanie, an upper elementary teacher, who is obsessed with creating rigorous, engaging, and long lasting lessons for my students. I share practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

Cute way to display the tried and true "Strengths and Weaknesses" writing for the beginning of the year.

strengths and weaknesses display from "Teaching in Room Love this idea for a a bulletin board at the beginning of the year.

First Day of School Activities for Big Kids - love Can you save Fred and the Scoot Cards!  Good ideas for Grandparent's Day also (

First Day of School Activities for Big Kids

Building a Positive Classroom Community with a Student Photo Wall

Building a Classroom Community with a Student Photo Wall

Building a Classroom Community with a Student Photo Wall - Lessons With Laughter Ideas for modifying this for first grade in the comments. Could fit into 7 Habits, Responsive Classroom, rule making process, hopes and dreams, etc.

Increase student achievement by using bump it up boards. Easy to make by teachers and students, and easy to use by students.

Bump It Up Boards

2 Peas and a Dog: Bump It Up Boards. Increase student achievement by using bump it up boards. Easy to make by teachers and students, and easy to use by students.

Using stations on the first day of school sets the tone for the year. Show students that they will be out of their seats, engaged in learning, and collaborating with classmates in your classroom. These six stations, some group tasks and some independent tasks, are intended for completion within a 45-minute period. These stations can be used in any subject or grade level, and all of the station directions and activities can be edited to fit the needs of your classroom.

First Day of School Stations - Back to School Activity

Pop song titles ideas for essays Lyric ideas for songwriters. Free song lyrics and ideas for songs. Not just songwriting ideas for writing lyrics/song words, much more.

Backwards Planning for School Year Success  She is amazing! This is a must for the summer!!

Year Curriculum Mapping and Planning for School Year Success Part 2

Backwards Planning for School Year Succes Part 1 - Curriculum Map, Year Plan - Time to start organizing for next year!

10 Tips for Managing Meet the Teacher Night. My simple, hallway bulletin board that created an instant connection, instant anticipation, and instant excitement about the first day of school!

10 Tips For Managing Meet The Teacher

10 Tips for Managing Meet the Teacher Night. My simple, hallway bulletin board that created an instant connection, instant anticipation, and instant excitement about the first day of school!

T-shirt get to know you Wordles

Teach adjectives and then have kids create their t-shirt. great for back to school night display Hello Literacy: A Packed Week of Learning

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