The first day of school is an exciting time for both students and teachers, but everyone is feeling a little nervous and jittery! First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg is a humorous book with an unexpected twist at the end. After you read the story to your students, they will rate the book using simple yes/no answers. They should then talk with a partner about their responses. Next, they ... Read More about FREE First Day Jitters Back-to-School Activity!
Humans were not engineered to sit for hours at a time. It’s just not good for us. In too many classrooms today, kids are made to sit for entirely too many hours each day. It’s not good for their physical or intellectual development. If you would like to read an excellent article about the research that supports movement breaks for kids, click here to read this Washington Post article titled “Why ... Read More about FREE Wiggle Breaks: Movement Breaks for Elementary Students
To help little learners keep their distance when lining up, I use these Spot On Positive Sayings Carpet Markers. I love the positive messages on these carpet spots! These carpet markers made it so much easier for my first graders to abide by social distancing guidelines when lining up. These will help guide your little learners as they continue to adapt to a new normal in the classroom. ... Read More about Check Out This Teacher Hack for Spacing Students Apart When Lining Up!
In the beginning of the school year, I always send out a letter to parents/guardians in order to get to know my students and their families better. I created a digital beginning of the school year parent letter, because I am trying to go as paperless as possible. I have enough paperwork as it is! I created a Google Form for parents/guardians to fill out about their children. The best thing ... Read More about FREE Beginning of the School Year Parent Letter: A Google Form
This is a great activity to do during the first week of school! Create a whole class bar graph of how your students get to school each day. This activity pairs nicely with the picture book, How Will I Get to School This Year? by Jerry Pallotta. In this story, your students will love reading about all the funny ways they could possibly get to school. If you have never read any of Jerry's ... Read More about Graphing How Students Get to School: A Fun Back to School Math Activity!