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Starting on the first day of school write down one thing they learned each day. by the 100th day you have a record of the 100 ways they are smarter.

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

First week of school time capsule- stamp & date their itty handprints, measure their height with yarn, and have them fill out a little first day info sheet with their self portrait on the back. Then save 'till the last day of school and have them open it and do the exact same activity! I was thinking maybe to hold it until graduation. :)

Previous class makes book for new class :) GREAT end of year activity!! and much less complicated than letters.