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Students must highlight their name before putting it in the tray. Great way to make sure all papers have names! I call it "Magic Ink!!" Even the older ones like it. I NEVER get a no-name paper!

Basically, you make the quiet critters with a pom-pom, heart-shaped foam piece (for the feet) and mini wiggle eyes. I tell my students that my "quiet critters" need a friend to take care of them, but they only can survive/like QUIET friends. GUESS WHAT? Instantly quiet class. The kids love them. My kids have named their quiet critters and made homes for them.

or before you ACT... actions AND wrods and THOUGHTS and etc. =) Wrinkled Hearts: Bully Prevention Lesson | Squarehead Teachers

AWESOME LIST OF BRAIN BREAKS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN COLLEGE OF EDUCATION http://www.emc.cmich.edu/BrainBreaks/TOC.htm

First day of school! Students receive play dough and a writing paper. They make something from the play dough and write about it while the teacher is managing the details of the first day. Great idea!

Decorate one side with Washi Tape and put students names on the other to pick students, make groups, or anything!!

Get organized! 5x7 card printable: Great for quick reference on your desk for those first few weeks! I would add a picture to help with names and for subs...