Begin the school year with this smart start lesson on collaboration. Establishing balanced literacy routines during the first 6 weeks of school is essential. Choose a song or poem, such as "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers that conveys the theme of team work and collaboration. Use a jigsaw approach and have students work collaboratively to make connections to lines in the song. Create a collaboration anchor chart with the class to display throughout the school year. Discuss that you expect students to collaborate throughout the school year. This lesson also helps introduce fluency and writing routines.