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Back-to-School Headquarters

Start your new year off with ease and enthusiasm, and be prepared to answer any questions you or your students might have. Our lesson plans, printables, activities, and advice range from assisting students in learning the school's layout and taking attendance to learning about your new students! Find icebreakers for getting to know your students' names and personalities, advice on seating charts and arranging the classroom, teacher time-savers, behavior management tips from veteran teachers, advice for communicating with parents, and much more.

Slideshows

Top 10 Things Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom
Top 10 Educational Technology Resources
Top 20 Bulletin Boards
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
More Slideshows for Teachers

Printables

Back to School Printable Book (K-12)
Summer Learning Guides for Grades K-6: Get Ready for Back-to-School
Bubble Answer Sheet
Centimeter Ruler, Inch Ruler, and Protractor
Behavior Analysis Log
Homework Pass
Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs
Scantron® Sheets
Weekly Lesson Plan Form
More Popular Printables

Awards & Certificates

Certificate of Outstanding Performance
Acts of Kindness Award
Good News Notes
Certificate of Appreciation
Star Performance Award
Special Achievement Award
Star Performer Certificate
More Awards & Certificates

Art of Teaching Resources

Report Card Comments—Academic Achievement & Improvement
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Personality & Attitude
Report Card Comments & Phrases—End of Year
Strategies for Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Work Habits
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Language Arts & Reading
Classroom Management
More Art of Teaching Resources

Lesson Plans

What Am I? Icebreaker
Self-Portrait
Similar and Different
First Day Celebration
Paper Making
What Is a Peaceable Classroom?
How Do You Say Hello?
More Popular Lesson Plans

Assessment Resources

Report Card Comments & Phrases—Math
Report Card Comments & Phrases—General and Handwriting
Teacher Self-Evaluation Form
Incident Report
Weekly Grade Sheet
Skill Assessment Form
Portfolio Assessment Guide
More Assessment Resources

Classroom Management

Report Cards: Advice & Suggested Comments
Classroom Forms
Behavior Management Forms
Bulletin Boards
Teaching Methods
Awards and Certificates
Behavior Management Resources
More Classroom Management Resources

Art Activities

Creating an Effective Physical Classroom Environment
Make a Giving Tree
Poster Evaluation
Squiggle Drawing
Self Portrait Class Book
Tips on Creating Art Bulletin Boards
Back-to-School Math Bulletin Board
More Art Activities

References

Report Cards: Advice for Parents
Coaching for Interview Questions
Literary Glossary
Adolescent Development
Attributes of First Graders
A Guide to Library Books: The Dewey Decimal System
Attributes of Third Graders
More Popular References

Icebreakers

The Five Senses - Kindergarten
Similar and Different
Getting to Know You Bingo
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
"Getting to Know You" Interview Sheet
Bio Poem Handout
A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
More Icebreakers

Bulletin Boards

Bulletin Board Tips
Bulletin Boards Printables Slideshow
Make a Rainbow Bulletin Board
Cat Bulletin Board
Bulletin Boards Printable Book (Grades K-8)
Apple Bulletin Board Example
Apple Bulletin Board: Responsibility
More Bulletin Boards

Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Parent-Teacher Conference Resources
Teacher-Parent Collaboration
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Conference Documentation Form
Open House Resources
Advice for Parents
Hosting a Successful Open House
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Open House Resources

Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior
An Autobiographical Poem
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
"From the Desk of..." Stationery
Getting Parents Involved
Parent/Teacher Relations
Getting to Know Your Student
More Open House Resources

Science, Health, & Safety Resources

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
Laboratory Activity Rubric
Green Classroom Practices That Save Money
A Day in Space Sub Kit (Grades 5-6)
Fall into Rhyme
Second Grade Summer Learning Guide: Get Ready for Back-to-School
Third Grade Summer Learning Guide: Get Ready for Back-to-School
More Science, Health, & Safety Resources

Language Arts Activities

Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
Story Map Graphic Organizer
Paragraph Writing: Similarities and Differences
Presentation Rubrics
Five Elements of a Plot
Sequencing
School Jobs Crossword Puzzle
More Reading & Language Arts Activities

Mathematics Resources

Top 10 Free Field Trips
Blank Pictographs
TeacherVision.com RSS Feeds
Tally Chart
Guided Problem Solving
Place-Value Charts: Tens and Ones
Math Journal
More Math Activities

Social Studies Activities

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Highlights

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.