Book Checkout- To avoid losing books or having students never bring books back you can create your own "library checkout". Each time they take a book they will fill out a checkout form and place it in their assigned slot.
Hang all those sentence strips, bulletin board borders, and tissue paper packs to keep them flat AND out out of the way! I store these in a closet in my classroom with Command hooks and mini clips. It works perfectly!
Library sticks will help my Firsties put books back where they found them. Each student has a stick with their number on it. When they take a book from the box, they put their stick in. Then they know where to return their book.
We could do this with out Frida Kahlo self-portraits--make them "selfies"! Fun, contemporary back-to-school lesson! Have your students draw "selfies" and describe their summer via text message prompts. Makes for a great bulletin board display!
The Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree is made from a carpet roll (free from local carpet store) tube wrapped in brown butcher paper, stuck in a Christmas tree stand. The top is an umbrella covered with green leaves.
A fun way to assign classroom jobs to each student in order to stress the importance of having responsibilities. It is a great way of connecting every day life in the classroom by using help wanted ads.