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Back to School Activities "Get To Know You" First Week of School

Begin the year with some fun and fresh back to school activities to help your students get to know each other during the first weeks of school! These seven back-to-school activities, geared toward students in grades 3 through 5, are engaging and interactive! Includes all the descriptions, printables...

Creating a Culture of Kindness in Your Classroom. The best way to promote kindness and caring behaviors in our classrooms is to model them. When we show our students what it LOOKS like and SOUNDS like to be kind, there is a far greater chance they will repeat those modeled behaviors. It is so important to remember that children watch their teachers all the time and listen to everything they say (especially when it’s not in a lecture).
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Creating a Culture of Kindness in Your Classroom. The best way to promote kindness and caring behaviors in our classrooms is to model them. When we show our students what it LOOKS like and SOUNDS like to be kind, there is a far greater chance they will repeat those modeled behaviors. It is so important to remember that children watch their teachers all the time and listen to everything they say (especially when it’s not in a lecture).

My Mouth is a VOLCANO!!! Writing activity to use after reading this book with the class (1st or 2nd grade would be best). Helpful for nonstop and/or impulsive talkers.

My Mouth is a VOLCANO!!! - Susan Jones

My Mouth is a Volcano is one my favorite books to read at the beginning of the year to help curb the interrupting and blurting out! This year I made a cute little craftivity to extend our learning after this read-aloud. We always talk about why it is important not to interrupt others and […]

Fall Into First: No, David activity for beginning of year class rules

No, David

I have updated this link with a freebie! Click here to get there. "No, David" is one of our favorite books to begin the year or use anytime we need a little review of what our classroom expectations are. One corner of our classroom is devoted to David and our school rules. We read the book several times then the students chose one rule they thought was especially important to them and they typed their rule during Computer Lab time. Then each student created a picture of David and they turned…

Teaching With Love and Laughter: My Reading Block (Warning: Long Post!), GREAT explanation of first grade literacy centers! Like the checklist idea!

My Reading Block (Warning: Long Post!)

I love reading how teachers run their reading block, and I've been wanting to write this post for a while now, because I am often asked how...

Great ice breaker for the first day of school!

Earthquake,Tornado and Hurricane, OH MY!

I had no idea how appropriate Sunday's Words of the Week were going to be! Those of you on the East Coast are well aware of the Earthquake w...

My Mouth is a Volcano

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Such a cute way to start the year in your classroom with brag tags. This freebie includes editable brag tags in 4 different styles to be used as a nametag for the first tag on your students' necklaces.

Free Editable Reward Tags

Such a cute way to start the year in your classroom with brag tags. This freebie includes editable brag tags in 4 different styles to be used as a nametag for the first tag on your students' necklaces.

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#Decorate your #classroom in trendsetting fashion with our NEW Isabella Collection! From #décor to storage and much much more, coordinating designs and cute colors cover everything necessary to transform your classroom into a creative environment. Chic patterns include the latest looks of chevron, quatrefoil, polka dots, and stripes to spruce up any space. Pretty and practical—the best of both worlds! Shop our Isabella classroom decorations now!

Doodle Bugs Teaching {first grade rocks!}: Back to School Bulletin Boards {Ideas, Tips and Links}

Back to School Bulletin Boards {Ideas, Tips and Links}

I love a cute and colorful back to school bulletin board. And, most often my boards have a similar look year after year. I wanted to ta...