Pocket Chart Ideas:
Story/Poem of the Week
Weekly Spelling/Sight Words list
Sticker Chart Uses:
Math Vocabulary (with pictures/examples)
Science/Social Studies Theme with Literature
Quality Work Examples
Themes/Units (per grading period)
Student of the Month
Preparing for the 1st Week of School:
Getting to Know You Activities
Team Building Games
Practice, Practice, Practice!
To Create Before School Starts:
Name Tags for Centers, Word Wall, Jobs, Graphs, Attendance
Pet Record for Feeding, Cleaning, Take-Home
School Supply Reminder Letter, Record, and Labels
Sight Word Check List, Flash Cards, Activities
Student Folders, Portfolio Check List, Observation Records
Parent Communication Binder, Print-Outs, Contact Info
Data Binder, Scores, Small Groups, Check Lists
The hardest part for me is coming up with a theme for my classroom each year. I've done jungle (Where the Wild Things Are) and Space (Doig's Discoverers) most recently. I made a little brainstorming list of possible classroom themes for next school year:
Or I can use a familiar book series/character as a theme:
How Do Dinosaurs...?
Where the Wild Things Are
As the year progresses, don't forget to take pictures! Take a picture of each student for BOY, MOY, EOY, photos for a monthly newsletter activities, name tags, etc.
Your ideas, input, comments are welcome and much needed! Please let me know what your first day of school must-haves/traditions/preparations are.
As the summer progresses, I will add to this list and hopefully include documents, pictures, and links that may be helpful.