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Begin a Year Activities! 18 Impactful BTS Lessons for Teachers of ANY Subject

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★★★★★ Have your best beginning of a school year ever! Help students begin a year with confidence with this SUPER back to school unit.

This resource includes 1 to 3 weeks of engaging, fun, reflective lessons and also 68 pages of organization ideas!!!


★Do you know what you're teaching May 3rd? If you use the organizing templates included in this resource, you will!!

These are my best beginning of the year lessons and my best organization tips from my 19 years of teaching Health!!


★This resource is for teachers of any subject, in middle or high school because it presents topics that all teens can relate to! The unit works on:


•Good communication skills

•Hard work ethic

•Self-esteem and being proud to be who you are

•Choosing to have a good attitude

•Gratitude as foundational themes to set the tone for an upbeat and meaningful term!!

-So, kick off your class with fun activities to help your students begin to practice these important life skills!


★This resource is taken directly from my Full Semester/Year High School Health Curriculum, and my Middle/Junior High School Health Curriculumwhich are both #1 Best-Selling Health Curriculums on TPT!


★ALL FUTURE UPDATES FOR LIFE ARE INCLUDED!! All new lessons, activities, and any changes that I create for this unit are FREE!! Simply go to your "My Purchases" folder and download anytime!


Here is what is included in the ORGANIZATION SECTION:

68 pages of organization ideas are included!

1. CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION in 4 steps: Choose the units you want to teach, organize them into days, align it all to State, National, and Common Core Standards, and fill-in a yearly calendar. I’ve included my real examples to help you.

2. A check off list to get your room and yourself ready for school to start

3. A class syllabus template to personalize to your curriculum

4. How to have valuable parent communication

5. How to have students help you create an “IDEAL” classroom and design your rules accordingly

6. Emergency substitute plans

7. How to have an inviting, comfortable, homey atmosphere in your room

8. How to use daily PowerPoints to direct students and to present your lessons (I’ve included 30 Morning PowerPoint Templates and different real examples)

9. PowerPoint “Learning Target” posters (editable!!)

10. 3 different Learning Target "Success Criteria" exit sheets

11. How to get amazing art projects from your students: Marker bag idea and an “Art Rubric” to help raise the level of student projects

12. A daily file folder system that makes your life so much easier

13. No more "I didn't know we had homework!" Use my awesome system to post what you're doing in class on your board.


Here is what is included in the BEGINNING A TERM LESSONS:

205 PAGES OF FULL STEP-BY-STEP TEACHER DIRECTIONS tell you what to say and they follow PowerPoint slides that walk you through each of these lessons as you teach your students!

★Choose as many activities as you want to do! These separate lessons are stand-alones and can be taught anytime in any order!

DAY 1, 2, + 3 LESSONS: Try this “First Day of School” lesson that has worked great for me for years!

-Introduce yourself to your students with a quiz about you! (template included)

-“Learning Styles Survey”

-Conversation Starters Activity and Worksheet

-"How to Break the Ice" video

-"Learning Styles Explanation Handout"

-“Learning Style Cubes” art project

-Amazing YouTube videos that kids love! My students left my class saying, "This is going to be the best class ever!"

-"Caveman Brain Class Bulletin Board"

-THINK / PAIR /SHARE PowerPoint Conversation Starters!

DAY 4 + 5 LESSONS: Reinforce an “I will” attitude in your students.

-"Little Red Hen "I Will" Class Theme (I had a buyer email me that she did the activity with her students last year and got a round of applause when she finished the story!)

-Or, I recommend the optional "Famous Failures" Version of the "I Will" attitude for high school classes!

-Use the theme "Stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.'"

-Classroom File Folders System

-Students Decorate File Folders

-Introduce "Learning Target" posters and "Success Criteria Student Worksheets"

-Fun, inspiring videos!

-Challenge for the message today to make a difference in their lives!


-"Anonymous Teen Survey"

-"Sticky Note Rules" - Students help write classroom rules (template provided)

-Optional art competition

-Fun videos

-Try this second “Learning Styles Survey” that also has an art project idea with it.

-Amazing "Values Lesson" with "Parent-Teen Communicator"


-“I AM ME" activity

-“What’s Your Animal Personality” Survey

-Write I AM ME Poems

-“Multiple Personality Survey

-Personality Posters


-Motivated to Work Hard Activity

-Dreams Brainstorm

-”Why Do We Fall" Video With Quotes

-Favorite Quote Art Project

DAY 11 + 12 LESSONS:

-Building Confidence!

-”How to Be More Confidence” Video with Review sheet

-“Best Motivational Video”

-"Tips to Boost Confidence”

-Ice-Breaker - "Getting to Know Your Classmates!"

-Door Hanger Art Project


-”The Gratitude Experiment” - Video about saying "Thank You!" with review sheet

-Thank You Letters

-"Best Friend" song lyrics

-"Dear Me" videos

-"Dear Me Selfie Thank You Letters"

DAY 14 + 15 LESSON:

-"Who I Am Makes a Difference!" activity

-Communication Skills Activity - Start the year off right by helping students to learn to be good listeners and communicators!

-Watch a video experiment on handing out "Who I Am Makes a Difference" ribbons

"How One Person Can Make a Difference"

-Create their own ribbons to hand out

-True Story Articles to Share (2 great, inspiring articles included!)

-Trends in Health Newsletter on Happiness Included


-Values Survey

-Values Worksheet and Lesson

-Mahatma Gandhi Poster Project


★BONUS! NEWLY ADDED!!★My #1 BEST-SELLING "Motivating Articles Sub Plans" Use for a sub, or teach it yourself!.

-Also included "Motivating Quotes" activity.



-Meets 9 of the 20 Common Core Standards for Technical Subjects

-Meets National Health Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 (6 Out of 8)

-Includes 9 Understanding By Design (UBD's) Templates for Health topics-these are editable and can be edited by any teacher for their own subject area!


- If you want to be organized for starting a new school year

- If you're being asked to post your "Learning Targets" daily

- If you want to meet standards in your curriculum

- If you want to set your classroom up as a safe and comfortable place

- If you wish you never again had to hear “I can’t take notes, I don’t have my backpack,”

- If you want to engage your students in writing your classroom rules

- If you want to start the year off with a bang and excite students about your class in weeks of creative and impactful activities THEN THIS 205-PAGE RESOURCE IS FOR YOU!


★32 video links to inspiring, fun, motivating videos included!




You might also be interested in my:

- Full Semester/Year High School Health (#1 Selling Health Curriculum on TPT!)

- Middle/Junior High School Health Curriculum. (#1 Best Selling on TPT)

- Full-Year P.E. Curriculum (#1 Best Selling P.E. Curriculum on TPT)

- High School Health and P.E. - BUNDLE AND SAVE $73.00

- Middle/Jr. High School Health and P.E. - BUNDLE AND SAVE $83.00


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Here are ALL my #1 Best-Selling Full-Year Stand-Alone Curriculums:

- Full Semester/Year High School Health (#1 Selling Health Curriculum on TPT!)

- Middle/Junior High School Health Curriculum. (#1 Best Selling on TPT)

- Full-Year P.E. Curriculum (#1 Best Selling P.E. Curriculum on TPT)

- Middle/Junior AND High School SEQUENTIAL Health Curriculum

- High School Health and P.E. - BUNDLE AND SAVE $73.00

- Middle/Jr. High Health and P.E. - BUNDLE AND SAVE $83.00

- 3rd Grade Full-Year Health Curriculum

- 4th Grade Full-Year Health Curriculum

- 5th Grade Full-Year Health Curriculum

Here are my 1 to 4-Week Health Units:

Nutrition Unit (My #1 Selling Unit!)

Drug Unit

Alcohol Unit

Tobacco Unit

Sex Ed. Unit (Makes this topic easy to teach!)

Self-Esteem Unit

Stop Bullying: Empathy/Violence Unit

Stress Unit

Body Systems Unit

Body Systems Unit

Dangerous Decisions Unit

Conflict Resolution Unit

Environmental and Community Unit

Diversity and "Celebrating My Identity" Unit

Mental Health Unit

Diseases Unit

Best Beginning of a School Year Ever Unit

1-Week Ending a School Year Unit

1 to 4-Week P.E. Units:

3 to 4-Week Basketball Unit

3 to 4-Week Flag Football Unit

3 to 4-Week Volleyball Unit

3 to 4-Week Softball Unit

Cardio Workouts and Weight Room Unit

50 Low Organized Games Inside the Gym Unit

1 to 2-Week Badminton Unit-FREE!

Independent Study Units:

Independent Study Sex Ed. Unit

Independent Study Nutrition Unit

Special Education Units:

3-Week Sex Ed. Unit for Special Needs Students

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Mrs. S.

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Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.
Analyze the author’s purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, defining the question the author seeks to address.
Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


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