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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 10 Educational Technology Resources
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Free Field Trips
Top 10 Motivation Tips for the Classroom
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
Presentation Rubrics
Centimeter Ruler, Inch Ruler, and Protractor
Paragraph Writing: Similarities and Differences
More Popular Printables

Awards & Certificates

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

The Art of Teaching

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

BTS Lesson Plans

Self-Portrait
What Am I? Icebreaker
Similar and Different
What Is a Peaceable Classroom?
First Day Celebration
More Popular Lesson Plans

Classroom Management

Report Cards: Advice & Suggested Comments
Teaching Methods
Classroom Forms
Behavior Management Forms
Awards and Certificates
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Language Arts & Reading
Adaptations and Modifications for Students with Special Needs
More Classroom Management Resources

Icebreakers

Classroom Management
The Five Senses - Kindergarten
Bio Poem Handout
Make a Giving Tree
Getting to Know You Bingo
More Icebreakers

Bulletin Boards

Top 20 Bulletin Boards
Bulletin Board Tips
Make a Rainbow Bulletin Board
Back-to-School Math Bulletin Board
Cat Bulletin Board
More Bulletin Boards

Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Parent-Teacher Conference Resources
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Open House Resources
Teacher-Parent Collaboration
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Hosting a Successful Open House
Communicating Bad News to Parents
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Open House Resources

Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA
An Autobiographical Poem
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Parent/Teacher Relations
Good Citizen Award
More Open House Resources

Advice for New Teachers

Top 10 End-of-Year Gifts for Students
Teaching Students with Special Needs
Cooperative Learning
Problem-Solving
Popular Music Lesson Plans, K-5
More New Teacher Resources

Arts & Crafts Activities

Creating an Effective Physical Classroom Environment
Poster Evaluation
Paper Making
Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
Squiggle Drawing
More Arts & Crafts

Assessment Resources

Report Card Comments & Phrases—Math
Report Card Comments & Phrases—General and Handwriting
Scantron® Sheets
Incident Report
Teacher Self-Evaluation Form
Portfolio Assessment Guide
Skill Assessment Form
More Assessment Resources

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Highlights

Memorial Day
Find a way to honor the American men and women who have sacrificed their lives in wars and military disputes this Memorial Day (May 30). Some of our most popular activities include: World War II Student Project, Chronology of Conscription in the U.S., and American Flag, Memorial Day Videos, and "In Flanders Fields" -- History and Poetry!

May Calendar of Events
May is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Holocaust Remembrance Day (Sundown 5/4), Cinco de Mayo (5/5), Mother's Day (5/8), Transportation Week (May 15-21), Museum Day (5/18), and Memorial Day (5/30). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Get Caught Reading Month, Inventors Month, National Family Month (May 8 - June 19), Physical Fitness & Sports Month all May long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

Coding & Computer Science
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, and Hour of Code resources make a great introduction to the computer science skills all students will benefit from.