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Awesome way to start off the school year and allow your students to get to know each other!  Have pre-cut puzzle pieces for students to decorate in a way that represents themselves.  Putting the puzzle together would be a great ice breaker/team building activity - Renee Lenda

2 Great First Day of School Collaborative Projects

I would want to buy blank puzzle pieces and have each child decorate a piece or write their name, then it would be a finished puzzle! Back To School Craft and Bulletin Board Idea Could be a fun team building activity/ice breaker.

Teaching Character Traits....Such a good idea!

Great use of 7 habits of Happy kids. Instead of working on multiple behaviors allat once which can be challenging with the younger ones, I like the idea of sticking with one specific behavior goal for the entire week until it's changed.

5 Activities You Shouldn't Skip the First Week of Kindergarten - Good and Poor Choices

5 Activities You Shouldn't Skip the First Week of Kindergarten

I Need... (cute letter to send home when your students need more supplies) Just circle what they need and send it home!

I wish I could send this letter home. (cute letter to send home when your students need more supplies) Just circle what they need and send it home!

Ideas of how to increase parental involvement by An Ethical Island

27 Ways to increase family involvement in your class - Could you try JUST TWO of these strategies before the end of the school year? How about one & plan to adopt another new one for back to school? You know there's room for more family involvement.

An adorable owl template to create your own owls for bulletin boards, decor, or classroom projects. Just print onto cardstock, trace onto design paper or have the kids color it.

Art An adorable owl template to create your own owls for bulletin boards, decor, or classroom projects. Just print onto cardstock, trace onto design paper or have the kids color it.

What You Should Know About Education In Finland...

What You Should Know About Education In Finland - Infographic

Funny pictures about Why there's no homework in Finland. Oh, and cool pics about Why there's no homework in Finland. Also, Why there's no homework in Finland.

*** This is another great hallway poem that I have seen used in a first grade classroom. It was very effective and the students loved it.

Practicing good hallway behavior is a routine for many teachers at the beginning of the school year for their students. Hang this Hallway Poem by your door and teach your students.

Need a fun classroom management activity to get kids focused and ready for the day? Teachers can set-up a DIY  Question of the Day board with a drip pan and a few simple materials.  Kids will love reading the different questions posted each school day!

Question of the Day Board

Need a fun classroom management activity to get kids focused and ready for the day? Teachers can set-up a DIY Question of the Day board with a drip pan and a few simple materials. Kids will love reading the different questions posted each school day!

Crafting Connections: Anchors Away Monday {9.1.14} A Bucket Filling Classroom

If you didn't start out your year (all grade levels) discussing bucket filling, go back. it's not too late! For great anchor chart activity to go with the book: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Teach your students compassion and empathy.

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