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I really need this! I want to structure every minute I have next year, and to this I would only add "Clean up your space and help a neighbor clean up theirs." Also put away technology, in case we have out Nooks, Netbooks, or clickers. I think having this countdown every day or something similar to it would be a great benefit. Maybe add restating the objective or an exit ticket....hmmm...
Middle School First Day of School Activities ...there were only a couple ideas I liked, may even use.
A Teacher's Treasure blog-Reader's Workshop: Step by step guide for a weekly classtime fully devoted to reading. The schedule: DEAR time/reading conferences with teacher, reader's journal writing time, mini lesson, class novel read aloud, STAAR tie in, wrap up. A very organized way to efficiently devote a class period to reading.