This is a great way to greet the students on the first day. The teacher gives each student a Meet the Teacher page and a goodie bag. There is also a student info sheet on each desk. This could be a great first assignment for students to begin working on as soon as they enter the room.
This website has really cool themes to carry throughout your classroom. I found the ocean one to be interesting because one the swimming pool in the picture. I feel like you could use this as a reward for students that had outstanding behavior where they could do either their reading or writing in the swimming pool.
Character education is very important, teach your students about positive character traits and improve their behavior in the process. This easy to implement program is perfect for classes (or students) that struggle with social skills. Focus on one character trait per week, use the posters, armbands and awards to motivate your students. Watch how their behavior improves and their emotional intelligence grows!