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We need this in our classroom! I would certainly paint it or cover it with contact paper or duct tape first to hide the ugly factor. DIY Art Drying Rack From Pizza Boxes

First day project: Friend Tree. Everyone puts their thumb print on the tree then teacher later frames it and hangs it as a reminder that we are all friends.

Building A Reader At Home - Parent Handout - Reading Strategies for Parents

Make a QR code to post outside room for open house night. Parents can scan and get your teacher contact info! Whoa... fancy! . . . . Just did this and it was sooo easy! Showing this to my teachers for back to school.

What a great idea for Open House, Back to School Night, Meet and Greets, etc...!

Put names on mailboxes with binder clips! So easy to rearrange and redo when kids move/come in the middle of the year!

what a smart teacher!!!! pinner says: My latest ploy-- getting my kids into more non-fiction. I'll post a crazy fact a day, and if they can bring in a fact for me and show me where they read it (any non-fiction resource, print or digital) I'll put it up for the day with their name. I'm hopeful I can hook them!

To restore dry erase boards that are hard to erase: spray a clean board with WD-40, wipe dry with paper towels. The WD-40 fills in the dried pores of the board that hold in marker ink, making it easier to erase.

Online version of Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. Run Time: 8min 33sec. Wonderful book to build a positive classroom community!

Time capsule. During first week of school the capsule is filled with traced hands, self-portrait, list of favorites, three things they want to learn, and a string, cut to mark their height.

At open house parents put their wish for the year in it.... Tells a lot.

Candy Award Certificates for End of the School Year from 1 2 3 Interactive Classro on TeachersNotebook.com (27 pages) - Exciting colorful Candy Award Certificates. Features 27 different types of candy.

DIY Photo Booth: This will be a great idea for "Back to School Night". Have parents and students take a silly (or not so silly) photo that can get hung up on the wall for everyone to enjoy throughout the beginning of the year :)

Mrs. Gold has some excellent ideas for communicating with both her students and her parents. Her website is full of pictures and teacher resources!

Give kids a "Secret Service" mission. Tell them for 1 week, they have to do something for someone else without "blowing their cover." A fun, interactive way to get kids serving others.

A fun activity to teach describing characters and character traits. Free downloadable template.