This is EVERYTHING you need to survive the first days of a new school year! Included are "first days" strategies--notes to YOU--to maintain your focus on what's really important, as well three days of lesson plans to foster both the individual relationship you want to build with your students, as well as the community and collaborative culture of the classroom. In addition, I have supplied a Parent Letter that you can tweak for your specifics, a Parent Survey to help you be a better teacher to each child, and a Supplies List. This packet will help ease the first day’s jitters and bring you and your class together in a constructive, well-planned, and FUN and engaging way. Each day includes a lesson plan with an Activator, Mini-Lesson, Activity, Wrap-Up, and ELA Common Core Standards for you to turn in as well. Every Activator, every activity, notes from me to you, extension activities beyond the first three days, all you need in your hands to be on top of your teacher game! Although these are activities I use with my sixth graders in ELA, everything can be fine-tuned to suit your individual needs, and would work with grades 1-8, as well as with ESL or ELL students. Here's to a great school year! Best, Rockermom.