The End of the Jar is a great way to end the school day and wonderful for classroom management! Love this. I do this with my bus riders in elem and middle school to keep them calm and positive at the end of the day.
Could have kids each make a page for a class book during the first couple days of school. What Do Teachers Do in the Summer? by Mrs. Hatch's Grade Class (Paperback) - Lulu Great initial writing assessment and prompt