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Mrs. O Knows: M&M's and 7up on the First Day: Consequences, Writing, and Learning About Your Students

Good idea for art visuals

Lots of great writing ideas on this blog, including persuasive writing and writing to entertain! Great ideas and downloads!


First, next, then, last... Writing

Yes/No spoons! Cheap and easy way to let every student actively participate in a lesson : )

Focus Sticks - great way for kids to check their writing...such a great idea. This post has templates for creating your own focus sticks, plus posters to help teach each of the focus items. This could be adapted to go with our 3 writing rubrics???

Warm Fuzzy Jar! When students are caught being kind they get a "warm fuzzy".


Research based ideas on how to set up your room. Good to consider when prepping your room for the school year.

Do you ever have a student that just needs to get out of the room for a minute and get a new perspective? Give them "The mysterious envelope" to deliver! This is brilliant!

For writing

synonyms...i LOVE this because the colors on the paint strip are similar, but not exactly the same...just like the words

Put class roster on the back of your nametag so that you won't have to worry about grabbing the list for firedrills, etc. Genius!!

Writing 2- An easy way to get children interested in writing is to have them write letters to the teacher and other students.Use the mailbox for "students of the week." All of the other students write nice, encouraging notes to that student. It would also be helpful in the way of teaching respect toward other students.

Work on Writing Activities

Writing Rubric for kindergarten