Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Back to School Ideas

Hi everyone! Happy Christmas in July from the I Teach K-2 bloggers.

We have some fun resources, ideas, freebies to share, and an amazing GIVEAWAY that you won't want to miss.

I'd like to share some back to school ideas and resources with you.

Here's a photo of my "empty" classroom after everything was packed for the summer.

The chairs are stacked and everything is boxed and stored away. My classroom will be cleaned this week, and then I can start preparing it for the upcoming school year.

These are some of the new resources I'm excited to use when we go back to school.

In the past, I've used large gallon baggies to house our independent reading books. This coming year I'm using these colorful book boxes to store our Read to Self books. Each student will have his/her own box. Each of the students is assigned a number. I'm working on colorful numbers to place in the front of each box.

I have of few of these book bins. I plan on purchasing more for this coming school year. These are the bins that I use for my guided reading groups. I can fit three levels in each bin. They're wide enough for extra-large guided reading books. 

My math manipulative are so easy to organize in these book bins. They're just the right size for first graders. They can easily carry them from one area of the classroom to another. I place a clear plastic label in front. I can easily change out the math manipulative and labels throughout the year.

I plan on using the small pocket charts for activities for different reading and math groups. The size is perfect, because they're small and won't take up much room on the walls.

I was excited to find these charts. They're made from durable plastic and have a write and wipe finish. A 120 chart is on one side and two ten frames and number lines are on the other side.

You can click on the above pictures to find out more information about each resource.

Here's an idea for the first week back to school.

Place a folder on the top of each student's desk with a brand new box of crayons. Students can sit at their desks and color while you're introducing yourself to parents and students and answering questions. It's something fun for the children to do that helps to calm any first day of school jitters. I use the folder for any papers that go to and from school during the first week of school.

You can find it in the packet, Back to School First Grade.

Here's a FREE pack of back to school reading surveys. A quick and easy way to find out what kind of books your students enjoy reading. Click on the picture below for a free download.

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