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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 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 20 Bulletin Boards
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
Conference Documentation Form
Paragraph Writing: Similarities and Differences
Multipurpose Class List
More Popular Printables

Awards & Certificates

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

The Art of Teaching

Report Card Comments & Phrases—Personality & Attitude
Report Card Comments—Academic Achievement & Improvement
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Language Arts & Reading
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Work Habits
Report Card Comments & Phrases—End of Year
More Art of Teaching Resources

BTS Lesson Plans

What Am I? Icebreaker
Similar and Different
The Gingerbread Man
Follow Me Freeze
More Popular Lesson Plans

Classroom Management

Report Cards: Advice & Suggested Comments
Classroom Forms
Teaching Methods
Strategies for Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
Behavior Management Forms
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Math
Bulletin Boards
More Classroom Management Resources


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

Bulletin Boards

Bulletin Board Tips
Bulletin Boards Printables Slideshow
Cat Bulletin Board
Back-to-School Math Bulletin Board
Fall Reading Bulletin Board
More Bulletin Boards

Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Parent-Teacher Conference Resources
Teacher-Parent Collaboration
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Student Progress Report
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Advice for Parents
Open House Resources
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Open House Resources

Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior
Hosting a Successful Open House
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
Welcome Parents Sign
An Autobiographical Poem
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Good Citizen Award
More Open House Resources

Advice for New Teachers

Top 10 End-of-Year Gifts for Students
Questions Before, During, and After Reading
Textbooks: Advantages and Disadvantages
Cooperative Learning
Teaching Students with Special Needs
More New Teacher Resources

Arts & Crafts Activities

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

Assessment Resources

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

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's (Thursday) November 26, this year. Use videos, lessons, and worksheets to teach the history and cultural significance of the holiday. Then, enjoy our crafts to celebrate and decorate!

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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!

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 (and now in print!), 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.