Share some joy!

Finding JOY in 6th Grade: Classroom Management: The Purple Clipboard

Students each write something that makes them happy = Wall of Happiness ELA in the middle | Middle School English, Language Arts

ELA in the middle

Corkboard Connections: Bring Some Passion Into Your Classroom! Wonderful guest blog post by Jen Runde about how to implement a "genius hour" in your classroom as a way for students to explore topics they are passionate about. Inspiring!

Corkboard Connections: Bring Some Passion Into Your Classroom!

post-it notes for students to use to show when they find figurative language in books...

Head Over Heels For Teaching: Educents Poetry Bundle

MEET THE TEACHER!! Perfect for Open House or the first days of school! Completely editable!!

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Class Rules

Electric Barbarella

Making Thinking Visible - an excellent resource for promoting engagement and higher order thinking skills!

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Fun way to teach varied perspectives- everyone will come up with a different way to see the same shape...

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Grammatical Name Art - 1: Write name in bubble letters. 2: First letter write nouns that relate to you (common or proper nouns). 3: Second letter with verbs that relate to you (action or linking verbs). 4: Third letter with adjectives that describe you. Remaining lettersStudents can choose to write more nouns, verbs, or adjectives. Love this for a grammar review at the beginning of the year!

I Want to be a Super Teacher: Grammatical Name Art

What kind of teacher do you want? 1st day activity

What kind of teacher do you want?

A "getting to know you game" for a large group of people. Perfect for back to school!

Mommies Hobbies: Switch Sides if...

Everything for the morning all by the door. This teacher calls it the "drop zone."

Elementary Organization: January 2012

Bookmark for interactive notebooks...why didn't I think of this!!!!!

Science Notebooks | Kristen's Kindergarten

Similes and metaphors flap book. Kids loved making it and it creates a great understanding of the difference between similes and metaphors.

Teaching in Room 6: Mix-n-Match Similes and Metaphors

This is a super cool idea! Put some objects in the bag, and let kids pull one out to tell the next part of the story! Some kids would REALLY look forward to this!

Serendipity from Jewels : Story Bags



Fun game for verbs! This is a great idea for a 5 or 10 min. time filler!

Adventures in Room 5: Verbs! Verbs! Verbs!

Great PARENT HANDOUTS geared toward K-3rd. Send home in a Student Binder, Newsletter or hand out at Back-to-School Night or Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Primary Junction: Building A Reader At Home - Parent Handout

Trying a new idea to promote kindness in the classroom - Good Idea for next year

Kindness Seeds: Day 7: Student Shout Outs

Creating individual student data folders - Great for parent conferences and when goal setting with students!

Setting Up Your Student CCSS Data Binders

At the beginning of every month, everyone starts off in the homework club. If they turn all their homework in on time, then they get to stay in the club! If they don't then they are out of the club. Students who turn all their homework in for the entire month get to come to the monthly homework club lunch.

Lessons with Laughter

This next activity is something I do for every new science theme. I place laminated pictures of whatever we are studying...insects, penguins, ocean animals, etc. on each table in my room. Then I place 5 markers on each table.

Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits: Highlights of the Last 2 Days!

A great idea for silent reading time: Turn all lights on, then turn one off every five minutes to give students have a visual cue of how much time they have left to read.

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what a smart teacher!!!! pinner says: My latest ploy-- getting my kids into more non-fiction. I'll post a crazy fact a day, and if they can bring in a fact for me and show me where they read it (any non-fiction resource, print or digital) I'll put it up for the day with their name. I'm hopeful I can hook them!

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End of the year letter to parents..

End of the Year Parent Letter