Back to School Activities for the First Week

Tired of doing the same old thing the first week of school? Need something new, fun, and interactive? This pack includes everything you need to get your year started off right. With an emoji-themed pack, it's sure to get your students' attention!




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Included in this pack:
  • Back to School Book (10 pages for the students to fill out)
  • Find the Friend (Getting to know you game)
  • Yay or Nay (Reviewing expectations with game and writing)
  • Emoji Me (Craftivity)
  • Summer Feelings (Writing)
  • Fave Board Game (Getting to know you game)
  • Bell Ringer (Coloring page)
  • 1st Day Gift (Printable tag to go with crazy straws)
  • Bookmarks
  • Photo Booth Letters
  • All the Feels Bulletin Board (writing and bulletin board)



All of this is included for you AND MORE! 











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Back to School 19!


It's Time for a Back to School SALE!!!

We know you've been waiting for the BIG Back to School to grab all your back to school goodies! Here are some of our very favorite items for the B2S season - plus a few recommendations for the school year! 

Stock up and save up to 25% during the sale! Just use code: BTS19 at checkout, but hurry because this sale ends on Wednesday!

Click each image to read more about each item!


   
  
  
  
  

Good luck to you all as you head back to school this year! We are cheering for you!!


Back to School Must-Haves to Keep You Organized!

Are you changing grade-levels? Do standards based grading? Need a way to keep track of which standards you taught and when? Or maybe you need a refresher of your current grade-level?

Common Core Checklists are for you! There are 2 versions.






The Mastery Data Checklists  are perfect for report cards, RtI, data for PLCs, or to give you detailed information for your small group work. You can type in the names of your students and it will autofill on all of the pages (up to 30 students)...or you can write them in like the picture above. 
Grades K-6th available! 



  

  

  








We also have CCSS tracking checklists available called Common Core Galore Checklists in our store)! These make it so you can "check off" things as you teach them so you can track what/when you've taught. You can also track whole-class mastery (not individual students- that's the data checklists). Grades K-6 available! 


  

   

   





The Substitute Challenge!

Sometimes when I have to get a substitute in my class, I leave a challenge for my students to complete while he/she is there.  It keeps them motivated and is a constant reminder to follow the expectations. The very first time I'm absent in the school year, I send my students this video to watch right when they come in!





The video isn't mandatory, but it adds an element of excitement! I email the video to the substitute  and leave her a laptop from our laptop cart (when we request for a sub, it gives us an option of contacting them via email), but you could also burn it on a DVD or have another teacher quickly show it for you. I made this video in iMovie, but if you don't have an iPhone or a Mac, you can use the app InShot. It's free and simple!


So, here's the challenge! If the students follow the expectations, the sub can open up an envelope and get a clue out! As the day goes on, the substitute can keep opening up the envelopes. I have my clues spell out iPad, so I only needed 4 envelopes. I feel like in my classroom that was just enough. The last clue is unlocked at the very end of the day!



You'll leave the envelopes hanging on the board so that your students can see them! I leave the substitute direction sheet on my desk with my sub plans so she can fully understand it as well. This freebie comes blank, in case you want to change it up each time you have a sub (different reward).


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Back to School Part 2 {Bulletin Boards}

I have to admit...now don't hate me here.... I love bulletin boards.  Do I change them out every month? HECK NO. It's maybe every 3 or 4. ;). But, I do love creating them and sharing them with my students.

Here are some of the back-to-school bulletin boards I've created over the years. You can see the quality gets better over the years. Don't judge my oldies.





Most of these bulletin boards are just made by me putting the letters in PowerPoint (tying one letter per page), printing and cutting them out. Then, I'll find clipart that goes with it and print them off and stick a label with my students' names on it!




First Grade is our Jam



Donut Worry 1st Grade is Sweet!



A Minion Reasons to Love 1st Grade!


Picture Perfect Class

  

Under 'kid"struction 

"Ant"icipating a Great Year!

A New Twist on a New Year

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