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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 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Free Field Trips
Top 10 Motivation Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Great Books on Teaching
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
Star Performance Award
Graduation Certificate
Acts of Kindness Award
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
Top 10 Educational Technology Resources
More Art of Teaching Resources

BTS Lesson Plans

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

Classroom Management

Report Cards: Advice & Suggested Comments
Teaching Methods
Classroom Forms
Bubble Answer Sheet
Awards and Certificates
Report Card Comments & Phrases—End of Year
Behavior Management Forms
More Classroom Management Resources


Classroom Management
The Five Senses - Kindergarten
Getting to Know You Bingo
Similar and Different
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
More Icebreakers

Bulletin Boards

Top 20 Bulletin Boards
Bulletin Board Tips
Cat Bulletin Board
Bulletin Boards Printables Slideshow
Back-to-School Math Bulletin Board
More Bulletin Boards

Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Parent-Teacher Conference Resources
Open House Resources
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Teacher-Parent Collaboration
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Hosting a Successful Open House
Advice for Parents
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Open House Resources

Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
An Autobiographical Poem
We Care About the Earth: Writing a PSA
Good Citizen Award
Parent/Teacher Relations
"From the Desk of..." Stationery
More Open House Resources

Advice for New Teachers

Top 10 End-of-Year Gifts for Students
Top 10 Educational Technology Resources
Teaching Students with Special Needs
Popular Music Lesson Plans, K-5
Textbooks: Advantages and Disadvantages
More New Teacher Resources

Arts & Crafts Activities

Creating an Effective Physical Classroom Environment
Make a Giving Tree
Poster Evaluation
Paper Making
More Arts & Crafts

Assessment Resources

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

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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: 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!

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.