What Does It Look, Sound, and Feel Like?
This graphic featured on Rosemary D’Amato Karas’s Pinterest site caught my eye. It looks like this list originated as a brainstorming exerc...
Figure Me Out Beginning of the Year Math
Check out the original Figure Me Out math activity and learn how you can make this poster with your students. This beginning of the year math activity incorporates numbers (and computation) into a page about students' own lives. Click to read about this fun ice breaker math project that you could easily use for a "who am I" guessing game or bulletin board display for Parent's Night here on Shut the Door and Teach.
First Day of School Activities for Big Kids
Every time I mentioned Back to School on my Facebook page at least one person mentions that it can't possibly be time yet! I know, I know! ...
Figure Me Out!
I got this idea from my peer teacher, Nina. It's a great way for students to share about themselves. I think it would be perfect for a firs...
Back-to-School....Already?! - Create Teach Share
About a week out of school, and I am already thinking about next year!!! What.Is.Wrong.With.Me??? Normally, I give myself a few weeks before I allow the next school year to sneak into my summer vacation. However, I have a new challenge ahead of me next year, and need all the time I can get. I…
Classroom A to Z Scavenger Hunt
This is a fabulous way to get your students to familiarize themselves with all the different areas in the classroom. I use this as an engaging activity during the first week of school to get them to know each other, the classroom, and get a few beginning of the year wiggles out. The students can f...
Literature Circles - The Starr Spangled Planner
Literature Circles Adapted for Primary Grades: Literature Circles are an effective and engaging way to get students invested in reading and they align perfectly with the Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening! I like to think of Literature Circles as a structured book group or book club. After explicit modeling, these groups can become independent. Each student takes on a role that rotates with
Our First Day
I managed to survive our/my first day in fifth grade! This year I have been given the task of teaching fifth grade and transition. For those...
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition
A blog for teachers to find example questions and ideas for different reading skills and strategies for over 100 different picture books.
Free Back to School Ice Breaker!
Most teachers have seen the BINGO get-to-know-you activity, but Minds in Bloom has put its own spin on it. This back to school ice breaker is fun and free!
Morning Greetings: Hug, Handshake, High-Five, or Fistbump
Greet students at your classroom door each morning. Students point to their greeting of choice as they enter the classroom. Teacher can greet students or students can greet each other each morning.
Classroom Expectations: Creating a Classroom Contract
Classroom expectations help students build social responsibility. Try creating a classroom contract together using the children's ideas.