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The "How Big Is My Problem" chart helps students identify the urgency and scale of their problems.

FUN Hallway Behavior Management Idea. Before you leave the classroom pick a chip with a students name but don't tell who it is. They are the mystery walker and you are watching that student the entire time. If they do a good job in the hall, they get a ticket or prize.

Apples and Handwashing: "We put a clean apple slice in one jar. We passed another apple slice around the class as we came in from recess with dirty hands. We have been observing the two jars in the science center. This is the difference after 8 days - gross! (This picture doesn't really show the mold.)" - A great way to teach about germs.

Clean vs. dirty hands bread experiment - what a great way to demonstrate the importance of proper hand washing. Would love to see what happens when you wash hands with warm soapy water versus hand sanitizer!

This second grade morning work, designed for the first month of school, meets many math and ELA Common Core Standards. This product addresses 2. ...

writing a letter about what they learned for the day and practice letter format.. great activities to introduce writing weekly letters to their family about what they did in school that week!

OMG!! From the School Supply Addict, a ton of links to teacher's blogs where they show their room set-up. Themes, organization, activity areas, etc. Only go when you have plenty of time! You could spend hours taking notes on all the great ideas that are being shared!

Moon sand. Just 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil, really soft and easy to clean up!

"My school bulletin board for the month. We wrote "I Wish" poems then took pictures like we were blowing a dandelion. We cut them out and pasted them next to a dandelion that we made out of yarn and sticks. The kids loved it."

Have you heard of Remind101?? It's the easiest way to contact parents in the 21st century! This app/website sends a text/email to all of your students or parents that have signed up without giving away your phone number. Who wouldn't read a reminder sent directly to their phone?! Send out an immediate text or schedule out texts, whatever you need! All for FREE!

Place cards made from erasers-would be cute on desks for the first day of school.

Everyone gets a square with a quarter circle, this is the end result- could be a good ice breaker beginning of year activity