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I love these! Animated timers that you can put on the projector. Gives students a visual for the time they have remaining. Plus a fun surprise (noise cue) when time is up! :)

Classroom Timers - Fun Timers

For real though.

Twitter center: Students can "tweet" about new things they learn. They may also write about things they enjoyed about class.

Creative Party Ideas by Cheryl: Classroom ideas: Twitter Door

importance of games in learning

I love these "Catching Snowflakes" winter art projects done by some Grade 3 students.

artisan des arts: Catching Snowflakes - grade 3

Word chart for your writing lessons!

Word chart -

All 41 School House Rocks CLIPS for the Classroom

This teacher has created a long list of cartoon Pixar (and other) shorts to be used to teach reading strategies. She also has graphic organizers to go with them.

Technology Up to Speed: Movie Shorts and Reading Strategies

Teaching With Music: Teachers' Favorite Educational Songs uses both left and right brain together for especially good retention

We Are Teachers

Words instead of said

Scene of the Crime Writing: Set up a fake crime scene. Then have all the students gather around and examine the scene of the crime. They jot down notes to record their observations then write a story about what they think happened. Fun fiction writing!

Second Grade Nest: Favorite Pin Friday

100 Ways to Say Good

100 Ways to Say “Good”

pickles and ketchups--On Fridays, place them on the board. Anyone who has turned in all of their assignments is a "pickle" so write their name under the pickle sign. Anyone who is missing an assignment has their name placed under the ketchup bottle. Pickles can "pick" a fun game or activity, while "ketchups" catch up on missing work. It is amazing how quickly assignments come in!

Pickles and Ketchup Printable

Download this A4 Printable writing aid - words that describe someone's voice

Writing Aid - words that describe someone's voice

Put any famous people's pictures in the Guess Who game and it's a great study tool for kids! Same website has plenty of Guess Who printables too.

Guess Who? | Image | BoardGameGeek

1st day activity. School is important because___. What kind of teacher do you want___. Our class should ___ everyday. What are you looking forward to learning___.

Following My Heart to First Grade: August 2012


ExtraMadness - Inspirational Picture Quotes

back to school: This is set up for 4th grade but can be used for beginning of the year discussions of expectations. I did this with very similar questions for my third graders (and added a few) and it was a great start to the year with clear expectations

What's Skow-ing on in 4th Grade??: back to school

Are you working to create an inclusive classroom this coming school year? "The Outsiders" is the perfect beginning-of-year unit! Students love the story, they will be engaged, and the planning is already done for you! I have a complete three-week unit on "The Outsiders" to get you and your students talking about acceptance and inclusion! Here's what other teachers are saying about this unit . . .

Close Reading for Middle School Students: This package provides students with a step by step guide to the text annotation and close reading process. Excerpts from classic short stories are also included, as well as graphic organizers to complete after their first, second, and third read.

Have kids write the reason on a white board and take a picture with them holding it, frame it for Mother's Day gift.

Knew most of these. But my goodness are these useful when working.

A great introduction into STEM for all ages!! (Our First STEM Challenge)

Sunny Days in Second Grade: Our First STEM Challenge!

bright student vs. gifted learner...

Bright student or gifted learner?