So cute. Students create a dictionary entry using their names. The definitions are descriptions of themselves and then students put the class in abc and add guide words to the top.

Take time to reflect on student learning and create “Mindset Moments.” These small moments used to reflect on growing as a learner benefit not just those who share, but every student in your class.

Students find their new group by finding the puzzle pieces that fit together. (You could use this idea on the first day of school as well as throughout the year... anytime you're changing teams.)

I have the students do this weekly and created a scoring Guide for it! The thinking when reading that is taking place is awesome! The thinking stems hel kids and parents equally! Love it -l. Elliott

self portrait- awesome idea for open house.

lesson on empathy- In this activity, students volunteer to choose a shoebox to open and put the shoes on from the box. A written scenario inside each box tells about the person who wears the shoes. Based on the information given, the student has to "put themselves in that person's shoes," identifying how that person might feel. The class then suggests ways we might show compassion to the person in the shoes.

‘Who I Am’ graphic information sheet, for getting to know my students. DIRECT LINK

Keeping track of those who have turned in work and who have not. Have a list of the students' names and cross them out when the kids turn in their work. So simple!

Read about how "Paragraph of the Week" writing homework helped improve my students' writing!

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Thick & Thin Questions

Textbook quote activity to use before a new unit/chapter, etc. Discussion starter.

To teach my kids questioning I created book marks with space to record student generated question.

Close reading definition for students. Important especially with the greater emphasis on close reading in the CCSS.

For the ADD, ADHD, SLD, EBD, ETC!!!!

When students complete centers they mark off their names - School Is a Happy Place: Math Daily 3, How We Started

Mystery Person. End of the Year Activity. Teacher makes up a small description about every student and see if the class can guess who everyone is

Panicked Teacher's Blog: Holding Students Accountable!

Luminous Learning Summer #Math Boosters workbook contains 30 expertly crafted lessons to help students succeed and prepare for the next grade. Built-in supports such as visual aids, step-by-step directions, and clear examples guide students as they practice and master essential math skills. A great resource for students with learning disabilities!