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I love this idea and the fact that there are different sticky notes used! Confessions of a Teaching Junkie: The BEST First Day Ever! I may have to use this for the first day/or back to school after winter break

Snowball Fight...kids write 3 things about themselves on a sheet of white paper.  They do not write their names on the paper.  Wad it up and on your command, have a "snowball" (or baseball) fight.  At the end of 1 minute, each student grabs the nearest snowball and tries to guess who wrote it.  Would be great at the beginning of the year!

Snowball Fight-students write 3 things about themselves on a sheet of white paper, w/o their names. At the end of 1 minute, each student grabs the nearest snowball and tries to guess who wrote it.

Cupcake Contraction Sort

Students can use this activity as an opportunity to learn what exactly contractions are. Art is used through choosing colors (warm/cool) to make their cupcake and designing it as they choose. Along with art students learn la

Effort meter--have students evaluate themselves.

Have students gauge their effort to increase student engagement. This makes students know that it is always good to keep trying and to always put much effort to their academic and behaviors

DIY picture bookmarks -Inspired by one of our ideas, reader Heather Humrichouse took and printed photos of her kids in climbing and rappelling poses. After cutting out the poses, she backed them using manila folders and sealed them in clear adhesive shelf liner. Now her kids are climbing the walls--or at least the fridge--and shimmying down books

DIY picture bookmarks - cutting out the poses, backed them using manila folders and sealed them in clear adhesive shelf liner.

Colossal Poster What Good Mathema.Mathmaticians Do - This huge poster lists 8 behaviors that are common to strong writers. It's over 5 feet tall! Package includes a helpful teacher's guide.

Plenary grid with lots of different ideas

Plenary Grid of ideas / Choice Board for exit ticket (students cross off when complete and then keep a record of what types they have completed (i.e / and may not repeat until they have completed all the exit tickets-perhaps modify # of choices?

"Our Future is so Bright" Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach.  This would be cute at the end of the school year around summer time.

Easter Eggs on the Bulletin Boards

Beginning of year board: Change to Our Leaders Are So Bright and have the teachers wear sunglasses in the pictures for Leader in Me!

Book bunting! Super cool idea. Laminated book covers sewn on to ribbon.

Book cover banner - great use for all of those hardcover dust jackets. This would be the ideal reason to sort book covers by color, make it seasonal.

I like this idea. Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, at the end of the school year, reminisce and remember the fun times!

Great New Year's idea: Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. Good way to keep things in perspective.

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