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100 Things that I love Writing Prompt - cute for one of my introductory lessons in the Writer's Notebook. The kids can fill out their own 8 x 11 sheet, fold it, and keep it in the Topics section for future writing entries.

First ten minutes of the first day of school can seem awkward! I want students…

First ten minutes of the first day of school can seem awkward! I want students to have something to do while we wait for everyone to put their gear away and get settled. This simple activity has worked well for me.

What NOT to Do the First Day of School

The bell rings and the students come pouring in to the first day of school. Excitement and a bit of chaos fill the air as well as some nervous anticipation – not just from the students but al…

Five Cooperative Learning Activities to do on the First Day of School

Five cooperative learning activities that will help build your classroom community during the first week of school. Find out the activities that I have fallen in love with over the past 16 years of teaching. First Day of School

back to school:  This is set up for 4th grade but can be used for beginning of…

First week of school, this can be used for beginning of the year discussions of expectations. What's Skow-ing on in Grade?: Into the Second Week

Classroom Expectations and Belief Subway Art: We Believe

I want to utilize the idea of not only having rules in the classroom but expectations. I feel that middle schoolers will relate to these ideas that can also transfer to real life situations.

Great list of questions/statements for teachers and/or students to use during…

Guided reading strategy called "Say Something" allows teachers to see how students are thinking about their texts. Additionally, it provides students w/a tool to help them express their ideas about reading in meaningful ways.