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MUST DO: Love this idea for the first day of school! Have the kiddos make something with playdough while you are taking care of first day housekeeping (supplies, etc.) Then have students write about what they made. Great for the 1st item in their writing portfolio!

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Inside My Head

Inside My Head: an activity for kids beginning of the year

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First Day of School Lessons!

Mandy's Tips for Teachers: First Day of School Lessons! Absolutely LOVE these 1st day plans. I especially like the large grocery bags for all supplies (deal with them on day 2). I am definitely reworking my 1st day plan ideas!

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Small Bites and Movement

For kids who are easily distracted or overwhelmed by amount of work... mind. blown.

Put student's names on the back of YOUR nametag so that you won't have to worry about finding the list during something like a firedrill.

Pizza Box Portfolios Students keep their best work in a "Pizza Box Portfolio." Frodos Pizza donates pizza boxes for us to use in creating the portfolios. We fold the boxes inside out so students have a blank box to design. Portfolios are kept in the classroom until the end of the year, and then sent home so families can see the growth of their young writers!