One of the teachers I work with suggested this idea at our first faculty meeting this year and I thought it was so smart! When kids are pulled for speech, OT, reading groups, etc., they put the cup on their desk to say they are out of the room. It makes it easy to glance around the room and see who has been pulled.
When the children spent an hour in their new class during the summer term, I asked them to design and create one small square. I then displayed them as one large class piece of artwork which was put up in their new classroom, ready for them to see on the first day of term.
What makes a good friend? A friendship tree. this is a good activity to encourage the children to think of what makes a good friend and sharing it on a "friendship tree". This also allows the children to work in groups, brainstorm ideas and share ideas with their friends.