Whether you're a new teacher, new to middle school, or just pressing the reset button for the year, I hope you find some new and different things to think about because, well, I'm somewhat opinionated! :) By: Erin Cobb

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Bulletin Board Ideas! - love this idea of a creating a community. - First week of school activity

First Day of School Puzzle Mural


Perfect for our first day at Catholic school!

Back to School Survival Kit {free printables} - Tip Junkie


Gift bags for each kid on meet your teacher day... then they don't have to be sure to take one of everything and I can keep track of who did not come!

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Graphing of First Day Feeling after read aloud First Day Jitters"

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Bursting With Excitement - nice gift for the beginning of the year!

Fourth and Ten: Bursting With Excitement: Monday Made It


Library: Great ideas for starting the year out

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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.

Adventures in Teaching: Student Information Sheets


Beginning of the year- COOPERATION!

School Counselor Blog: Spaghetti, Marshmallows, and COOPERATION!


I LOVE this! First Day of School activity - Students' Job & Teacher's Job

Hawk's Nest: 1st 7 days of school recap (part 1)


Beginning of year idea...I always have the children draw a self portrait, but I like the idea of having their picture next to it!!

Classroom Displays


Even experienced teachers need to read this. Practicing procedures and routines to mastery! This is gold. Do this technique for any procedure, it works! The best "how to" on establishing rules , procedures and standards in your classroom!---classroom management. Always need something up your sleeve ;)

Tools for Teaching


The M & M Game...fun for the first day of school! Comes in 3 formats: Smart Notebook, PowerPoint, and PDF.

THE M&M GAME - TeachersPayTeachers.com


New School Year: Class Promise

Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons: New School Year


First week of school: Up the Ladder, name game

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Jump In Jump Out - intro game.

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No, David! by David Shannon (The original story with sound effects)

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1st Week

Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons: New School Year


Second Day In Second Grade Unit: A Back-To-School Packet For Second Grade.

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TONS of getting to know you activities: to be used for first days of school. Click on game and it gives description of how to play

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FREE! Kinder, 1st, and 2nd. For first day of school. Get to know your students. Way cute!!

All About Me (Get to know your students)


First Day Graph

Third Grade Thinkers


$3.55 This unit extends the story and uses 11 various activities to get the kids brainstorming kind acts and thinking about what makes each child special...

"Chrysanthemum" Back to School Activities


Old and New Faves for the Beginning of the Year ...

Old and New Faves for the Beginning of the Year


Beginning of year school pledge. Nice unit to go with it focusing on school rules. I love this blog:)

First Grade Wow