early finisher activities - put this in a ziplog bag and make one for each student as an early finish go to assignment; have them keep the assignments in the ziplog bag for safe keeping; when they complete a row, column, or diagonal give them a reward
What Kind of Teacher Do You Want? anchor chart to begin year I think this would piggy back nicely with a What Kind of Student Do I Want? anchor chart (They give me what they think I want and I add so in if needed.
Outlaw "I'm Done!" I LOVE this post from Kady at The Teacher Trap. She makes some really good points and includes suggestions for helping kids change their mindsets about rushing through their assignments.
First weeks of school activities- some great ideas. How many letters in my name? Coming up with a characteristic about themselves with the same sound as the first sound in their name. Lee's Kindergarten: All About Me!
These 7 lessons and activities to make the start of school memorable for kids are the perfect way to welcome a new class of students! Use these during back to school time and during the first week. Gift ideas, classroom management tips, and ways to build community are included!
Buzzing with Ms. B: 5 steps to teaching reading strategies with the gradual release model: Step 1: When we start our teaching with something hands-on, or concrete, it gives us an anchor activity to come back to. Kids remember things they've done actively. I tend to use a lot of pictures and cards to get kids thinking about the strategy I'm introducing. I design the activity to mirror the kinds of thinking they'll need to do to use the strategy.