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Page 1 Back to School About Me Bags: This is a letter home to parents about our About Me Bags. The first day of school I bring in a bag containing 3 items that reflect my life or personality, then the next day the kids bring in an About Me Bag to share with the class containing their 3 items.
Page 2 Back to School Parent Homework: Every year on the first day of school I send home a homework assignment- for parents! This is the letter home letting the parents know about their assignment (the kids LOVE this!) The assignment is to tell me about their child in a million words or less.
Pages 3-14 Beginning of Year Helpers: This is a 12 page packet of documents to help you get the new year off to a great start with minimal prep time.
Page 3: For Open House, have your students be the Tour Guides! Here is a checklist each child will find on his desk when he shows up with his parents for Open House. The student will have practiced in class and will be able to check off each item as he leads parents around the room and explains things like the rules and consequences posters, the procedures for sharpening pencils, the jobs chart, etc. Document is editable to accommodate your own classroom.
Page 4: A Reading Log to be filled in by students as they finish books. Great way to track what students are reading during SSR.
Pages 5 & 6: Pg 5 says, "When I Grow Up, I Want to be a ____________ and leaves a space for students to draw a picture of their future career choice. Pg 6 is a fill-in-the blank activity to help students think about why they have chosen a particular career and what they will need to do/know to follow that career path.
Page 7: A behavior checklist. Make a page for each student and check off each observed behavior. This one is set for 6 six-week terms, but is editable to suit your needs.
Pages 8 & 9: Documentation of Parent/Teacher Communication and Documentation of Teacher Concerns. I made a 2-sided copy for each student (pg 8 on front, pg 9 on back). There's a place for the parent's name & phone number for a handy reference. Most valuable tool when meeting/calling parents. Keep documentation of your concerns, as well as conferences, in one handy folder or binder!
Pages 10 & 11: Simple posters to post in your room to remind students of morning and afternoon procedures. Editable to meet your classroom needs. Print on colored cardstock or print on white paper and staple onto construction paper.
Page 12: End of Day Survey. I created this to bring closure at the end of the day. Students work on it quietly after having packed up and while waiting for dismissal. It asks them to reflect on what they learned, how they behaved, and what changes they will make tomorrow. Great self-reflection piece.
Page 13: Simple poster: I'm Finished! What Now? Provides suggestions for students upon finishing an assignment. Editable.
Page 14: My PC Log- a chart intended for documenting enrichment! After working on the computer, students complete the following- Today’s Date, Name of Challenge or Site, Something I Liked, Something I Learned.
Pages 15 – 24 Behavior Management and Reward Packet:
~A list of 36 whole class rewards you can cut apart and put inside balloons so that you can pop one whenever you feel the class deserves a reward.
~A sample class contract you can tweak for your own class. This goes home for parents and children to discuss and sign. I remind students of the contract they signed at the beginning of the year any time their behavior starts to become a problem.
~Two one page check-off reports you can send home any time a child demonstrates desirable OR undesirable behavior. It's a simple form that allows you to communicate efficiently with parents- all you have to do is fill in the date and the child's name, and then check the behavior that's listed. There's also a place for you to write the consequence the child receives.
Page 25 Easy Way to Display Reading and Math Awards in the Hallway: Every year I like to display the names of students who have reached particular levels in AR or on Math Facts Quizzes, but it always takes up so. much. wallspace.
So for this year I decided to condense all the award levels for both Reading and Math into one piece of paper for each child- I'll go ahead and hang these in the hall at the beginning of the year, then I'll just add a sticker as each level is reached =) I plan to print mine onto brightly colored cardstock.
Page 26 How to Spell a Word: My kids were always asking me, "How do you spell....?" After repeating ways to find out how to spell something over and over again, I created these little cards I print onto colored cardstock and give out to kids to use as place keepers in their writing journals.
Page 27How We Get Home: I created this mini-poster to hang near our door to remind me (and subs) how each child normally goes home each day.
Pages 28-31 Substitute Folder Packet: This is a 4-page EDITABLE packet I created to include in my Substitute Folder. Everything a sub wants to see in one convenient place!
Page 28: Welcome, Behavior Management Plan, and Emergency
Page 29: Daily Schedule and Special Instructions
Page 30: Class List and Attendance/Lunch Count Form
Page 31: Seating Chart
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