This website has lots of cute ideas to impress parents on Back to School Night. My favorite is this little poem tied to an apple. It says: " An apple for the teacher, is really nothing new... except when you remember that parents are teachers too! I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year!"
Beaded number rods for subtraction! Great visual for students with special needs. Adding concrete materials when performing simple operations, helps build number sense to ensure students are relating quantities to symbols (numbers). For this and more great ways to use beads and pipe cleaners in your math lesson, go to: http://commoncoreconnectionusa.blogspot.com/2014/12/beaded-number-rods.html