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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.

Content Galleries

Top 10 Things Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom
Top 20 Bulletin Boards
Top 10 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Educational Technology Resources
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
2015 Back-to-School Literature Guides & Activities
More Content Galleries for Teachers

Printable Worksheets & Forms

Back to School Printable Book (K-12)
Summer Learning Guides for Grades K-6: Get Ready for Back-to-School
Bubble Answer Sheet
Weekly Lesson Plan Form
Paragraph Writing: Similarities and Differences
Getting to Know You Bingo
More Popular Printables

Awards & Certificates

Good News Notes
Homework Pass
Acts of Kindness Award
Certificate of Outstanding Performance
Star Performance Award
More Awards & Certificates

The Art of Teaching

Strategies for Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
Report Card Comments—Academic Achievement & Improvement
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Personality & Attitude
This Month's Interactive Educators' Calendar
Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
More Art of Teaching Resources

BTS Lesson Plans

Self-Portrait
What Am I? Icebreaker
First Day Celebration
Remembering Names
Similar and Different
More Popular Lesson Plans

Classroom Management

Classroom Forms
Report Cards: Advice & Suggested Comments
Bulletin Boards
Getting to Know Your Students
Teaching Methods
Behavior Management Resources
Behavior Management Forms
More Classroom Management Resources

Icebreakers

Classroom Management
Top 10 Back to School Printables Gallery
The Five Senses - Kindergarten
"Getting to Know You" Interview Sheet
"Getting to Know You" Game
More Icebreakers

Bulletin Boards

Back-to-School Math Bulletin Board
Bulletin Board Tips
Bulletin Boards Printables Slideshow
Cat Bulletin Board
Apple Bulletin Board: Responsibility
More Bulletin Boards

Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Open House Resources
Teacher-Parent Collaboration
Hosting a Successful Open House
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Parent-Teacher Conference Resources
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Getting to Know Your Student
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Open House Resources

Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
"From the Desk of..." Stationery
Welcome Parents Sign
Getting Parents Involved
Parent/Teacher Relations
Kindergarten Open House
More Open House Resources

Advice for New Teachers

Questions Before, During, and After Reading
Levels of Questions in Bloom's Taxonomy
Teaching Students with Special Needs
Cooperative Learning
Top 10 End-of-Year Gifts for Students
More New Teacher Resources

Arts & Crafts Activities

Creating an Effective Physical Classroom Environment
Make a Giving Tree
Our First Classroom Book
Self Portrait Class Book
Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
More Arts & Crafts

Assessment Resources

Report Card Comments & Phrases—Language Arts & Reading
Report Card Comments & Phrases—End of Year
Weekly Grade Sheet
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Math
Incident Report
Report Card Comments & Phrases—General and Handwriting
Teacher Self-Evaluation Form
More Assessment Resources

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Highlights

Back to School Headquarters
August is Back to School Month and many of you will be returning to the classroom very soon. Feeling unprepared? We have you covered! Check out our very best resources and advice for New Teachers (applicable for the new and experienced), as well as Bulletin Board ideas, Icebreakers, Open House materials, and general Classroom Management tips for a successful new school year.

Special Offers for Teachers Newsletter
Do you receive our Special Offers for Teachers newsletter? Each month, we send out FREE resources to all of our subscribers. Our next issue (August 12) features a collection of our best Back-to-School materials—that's right, sign up now and get them for free!

Discounts for Teachers
Start the new school year with cash in your pocket! We have some great ways to save money on the supplies that keep your classroom running: Money-Saving Tips for Teachers and Free & Cheap Rewards for Students. Plus, check out our Discounts for Teachers so you can save on office supplies, clothing, books, crafts and fabric, travel, and more!

August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

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.