**The Bandaid Lesson - great!** Lesson to explain differentiation to students...no more "that isn't fair" after this demonstration!  Good first day of school lesson, love!

**The Bandaid Lesson - great!** Lesson to explain differentiation to students...no more "that isn't fair" after this demonstration! Good first day of school lesson, love!

On the first day of school I write my kids a letter telling about myself, and then their task is to write a letter back to me. It gives the kids something simple to do while I deal with parents, school supplies and any other first day hiccups. The letters are really fun to read, and I save to look at again at the end of the year, it’s amazing to see their growth.

On the first day of school I write my kids a letter telling about myself, and then their task is to write a letter back to me. It gives the kids something simple to do while I deal with parents, school supplies and any other first day hiccups. The letters are really fun to read, and I save to look at again at the end of the year, it’s amazing to see their growth.

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!

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!

Make your own Jeopardy game. Perfect for the Smart board. Think of questions and answers loaded with specific sounds!

Make your own Jeopardy game. Perfect for the Smart board. Think of questions and answers loaded with specific sounds!

first week computer lab activity there is a website that makes these...forget what it is called

first week computer lab activity there is a website that makes these...forget what it is called

custom coloring pages...great for the first day of school morning work...serves 2 purposes. They know where to sit and can color as they come in. Even 5th graders love to color!

custom coloring pages...great for the first day of school morning work...serves 2 purposes. They know where to sit and can color as they come in. Even 5th graders love to color!

All Hands In display in a 5th grade classroom.  Kids told all about themselves using their hand shape and we hung it around the room.  This really was a fun and easy project for the first week of school.

All Hands In display in a 5th grade classroom. Kids told all about themselves using their hand shape and we hung it around the room. This really was a fun and easy project for the first week of school.

Keeping Track of Anchor Charts: Take a picture, print it and file it in a binder before taking the poster off the wall. Teacher and students can refer to the binder even if the anchor chart isn't on the wall.

Keeping Track of Anchor Charts: Take a picture, print it and file it in a binder before taking the poster off the wall. Teacher and students can refer to the binder even if the anchor chart isn't on the wall.

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