Build and encourage Listening and Speaking Skills (Common Core) through daily Calendar Time activities (Social Studies Common Core). A great way to integrate many Common Core standards for K-2. I use this daily for 1st grade and works beautifully
Beginning of the year instruction page for students on how to create their own Me Bag!! Break the ice the first weeks of school by allowing students to share about themselves by creating a small gift bag full of 5 items about themselves.