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No matter what level you teach, establishing rapport with a new group of students is key to knowing how to help them learn. Here is a list of reviewed resources that offer a chance for you and your students to get to know one another.

 

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Back To School - BBC

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K to 8
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Although this site was created to help students in Britain prepare for "Back To School," many of the tips and activities are useful to students from all over the world. ...more
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Although this site was created to help students in Britain prepare for "Back To School," many of the tips and activities are useful to students from all over the world. This site provides interactive quizzes, informative guides, and numerous features. The guide section provides a lot of details about very useful subjects including bullies, school uniforms, exam stress, dyslexia, creativity and other subjects. The Press Packs section is written by a student for students' use and includes topics such as being the new kid in school and organic lunches.

tag(s): back to school (58)

In the Classroom

Include a link to this website on your "Welcome Back" newsletter. Parents are sure to appreciate the informative subjects, links and activities.

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First Days of Middle School - Middleweb

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5 to 9
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Middleweb provides an outstanding list of ideas and links to help the new middle school teacher, many of which apply for teachers at all levels. Ideas include classroom management,...more
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Middleweb provides an outstanding list of ideas and links to help the new middle school teacher, many of which apply for teachers at all levels. Ideas include classroom management, communicating with parents, advice from administrators, and first day ideas. This is a must for student teachers, new teachers, and substitutes!

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A Mathematics Fantasy - The Million $ Mission - Cynthia Lanius

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4 to 9
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This unique lesson comes in two versions - a one-page short version and a more in-depth version. Students are given the choice of $1,000,000 or one penny for the first ...more
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This unique lesson comes in two versions - a one-page short version and a more in-depth version. Students are given the choice of $1,000,000 or one penny for the first day doubled everyday for 30 days. This lesson is sure to grab your students' attention.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), exponents (42), integers (41), multiplication (227), patterns (85)

In the Classroom

This is a great math exercise for the first day of school (you might want to bring in a real penny for each student). Use your interactive whiteboard or projector and make this fun lesson a whole class project. Have students decide which side they want to be on ($1,000,000 or penny doubled) and let the fun begin! Check out the teacher's notes page for additional ideas. Extend some of the activities by using a spreadsheet program to show an easy way to do the calculations for middle school students on computers.

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Helping Your Child Series - US Department of Education

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K to 8
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Encourage parents to become involved with their children's education using these helpful, downloadable booklets on helping your child with science, history, math, reading, homework,...more
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Encourage parents to become involved with their children's education using these helpful, downloadable booklets on helping your child with science, history, math, reading, homework, early adolescence, preschool, general success in school, and being a responsible citizen. Some are geared for elementary only and others extend through middle school. Most are also available in Spanish version. Download as a pdf (Acrobat file) or Word document. You can order copies, but it may be easier and faster to simply print your own. Remember that you need Acrobat Reader to open pdf files. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): adolescence (11), homework (44)

In the Classroom

Hand these booklets out at back to school night, open house, or conferences. Encourage parents to become involved supportively.
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My Back-to-School Book - I Love That Teaching Idea!

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1 to 2
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Print out this book template and let your students' creativity take over as they use pictures and words to describe their new school year. This is a great student-centered project ...more
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Print out this book template and let your students' creativity take over as they use pictures and words to describe their new school year. This is a great student-centered project to display for back-to-school night. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): back to school (58)

In the Classroom

Use this activity during the first week of school. Have students share their books with the rest of the class. Be sure to save these books for back-to-school night or even create a bulletin board highlighting the books.
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Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt - Enchanted Learning

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2 to 5
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Looking for a good icebreaker for the first week of school? This interpersonal activity will help students get to know you and each other while having a lot of fun. ...more
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Looking for a good icebreaker for the first week of school? This interpersonal activity will help students get to know you and each other while having a lot of fun. A printable questionnaire and scavenger hunt sheet are included.

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Back to School Reading - Long Beach Public Library

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K to 10
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Make that difficult transition back to school a bit easier for your students with this helpful list of books that focus on common back-to-school issues and anxieties. Titles include...more
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Make that difficult transition back to school a bit easier for your students with this helpful list of books that focus on common back-to-school issues and anxieties. Titles include "Lookout Kindergarten, Here I Come," "How to Be Cool in Third Grade," and "Will I have a Friend?" The books are divided up by grade level (1-4, 4-6, and young adult) and by specific subjects.

tag(s): back to school (58), book lists (128)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of these free book lists. Brief descriptions of each book are provided. Provide the lists of literature to your families on a class newsletter or on your class website.

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A Checklist for the First Day of School - American Medical Association

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K to 5
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This website, created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides a basic list of items for parents to think about at the start of the school year. Some are obvious ...more
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This website, created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides a basic list of items for parents to think about at the start of the school year. Some are obvious (i.e. what day does school begin), but many are deeper thoughts to ponder.

In the Classroom

You may want to post this link on your class website during the summer months so new students (and parents) can take a look at the checklist over the summer break. If you send home a "Back to School" newsletter prior to the start of the school year, be sure to list this link for parents.

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