Garbage Bowls: Whenever the class is doing a cutting activity, put a "garbage bowl" on the table.  It collects paper scraps and eliminates paper on the floor.

Garbage Bowls: Whenever the class is doing a cutting activity, put a "garbage bowl" on the table. It collects paper scraps and eliminates paper on the floor.

Homework bingo - If they turn in their homework for that morning they get to write their name on any square. On friday's I will pull out two bingo chips...and whatever names are on that square they will be able to pick out of the treasure box. Know a teacher who does this, the kids love it

Homework bingo - If they turn in their homework for that morning they get to write their name on any square. On friday's I will pull out two bingo chips...and whatever names are on that square they will be able to pick out of the treasure box. Know a teacher who does this, the kids love it

For a fun way to allow multiple students to respond at the same time, try making speech bubbles out of poster board. Laminate them, glue or tape them to paint stirrers, and provide students with dry erase markers and erasers or old socks. They'll have a blast, and you'll increase the level of student engagement in your classroom.

For a fun way to allow multiple students to respond at the same time, try making speech bubbles out of poster board. Laminate them, glue or tape them to paint stirrers, and provide students with dry erase markers and erasers or old socks. They'll have a blast, and you'll increase the level of student engagement in your classroom.

Make a "wallet" to hold flashcards--one side what is known and other side for those to practice

Make a "wallet" to hold flashcards--one side what is known and other side for those to practice

Put a different colored dot on each desk in a group.  When you need to have one student from each table do something, you can just simply say "Green dots, come get the papers for your table." or "Orange dots, take your table's trash to the trashcan."

Put a different colored dot on each desk in a group. When you need to have one student from each table do something, you can just simply say "Green dots, come get the papers for your table." or "Orange dots, take your table's trash to the trashcan."

This blog post is full of amazing ideas for how to prepare for Open House night and get a head start on learning about your students! I especially love the idea of an “About the Teacher” page and a page letting parents know all of the awesome things their children will be learning that year.

This blog post is full of amazing ideas for how to prepare for Open House night and get a head start on learning about your students! I especially love the idea of an “About the Teacher” page and a page letting parents know all of the awesome things their children will be learning that year.

Give crazy straws to students as birthday presents! More fun than receiving another pencil and better than giving away candy!

Give crazy straws to students as birthday presents! More fun than receiving another pencil and better than giving away candy!

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