Anchor chart. Great for student feedback about their teachers. Use it as a intro activity to get to know your students expectations of you, as their teacher.

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Autobiography Island - Shake up how you get to know your students. could be a good way to introduce a mini lesson/assesment on map skills

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This would be a great project for students in elementary math to complete. It is fun, and also allows students to tell their peers and teacher more about themselves! Great for project-based learning.

Shut the Door and Teach: Figure Me Out Beginning of the Year Math

Goal Setting in the Classroom

Fourth Grade Literacy Lovers: Goal Setting in the Classroom

great letter to send home to help parents practice comprehension skills-laminate and put a magnet on the back so parents can put on their refrigerator for reference

First Grade Wow: parents

Open House - Meet the Teacher - upper elementary

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Cubby Makeover by Simply Kinder!

Simply Kinder: Cubby Makeover by Simply Kinder!

Sentence frames/starters to provide evidence and explanations. (Common Core)

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Interactive Notebook Resources ready to use in the middle school history/social studies middle classroom. There are so many benefits to using the interactive notebook at the middle school level. Comprehension and retention are increased, students learn key concepts in multiple ways, and creativity and higher-level thinking are incorporated on a daily basis.

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Conference Starters | 25 Awesome Anchor Charts For Teaching Writing

25 Awesome Anchor Charts For Teaching Writing

Graphic Organizers for Personal Narratives. I use a few different graphic organizers that have made a world of difference to my young writers. This week I'm happy to share with you some of the tools I use to help make planning and writing narratives that are focused, sequential, and interesting a bit easier for my students.

Graphic Organizers for Personal Narratives |

Writing - paragraphs

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Use hula hoops for an interactive venn diagram! Love it!

Lesson Plan SOS

Be a Text Talker Anchor Chart for close reading. How to reference the text in kid-friendly language. Trendy Tales of a Teacher:

Trendy Tales of a Teacher: Be a Text Talker Anchor Chart

creative visual of the layout of writing workshop

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Runde's Room: Hook Them from the First Day ... Tips for Back to School

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Fourth Grade Studio: Learning, Thinking, Creating: "Just Right Book" Review

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This would make a good ice breaker for the first day of class. It would get students up out of their seats and moving around interacting with each other. Volunteers could also read theirs to the class. The only problem I see that could occur is that all the questions may not have matching students.

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Character Analysis: 4th Grade Reading Literature Graphic Organizers for Common Core. This could easily be adapted for a couple age groups

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What kind of teacher do you want? What kind of student does your teacher want? Positive way to start out the year

Mrs. Crouse goes to THIRD

Dear Mrs. LaRue -- review, lesson / activity ideas, peek inside, etc

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FREE Fun Fractions with M and Ms - 2 pages. Materials Needed: 1 snack pack of M and M candies (per student) My classes ALWAYS love this lesson!

Fun Fractions with M&Ms

Exploring Art: Elementary Art: 5th Grade Lego Self Portraits

Exploring Art: Elementary Art: 5th Grade Lego Self Portraits

foreshortening self portraits, 4th or 5th grade

The Clever Feather: 5th Grade Foreshortening

My 2nd graders made these adorable "selfies" for their parents to see at conferences. Needless to say, they were a hit!

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