Let me introduce you to...THE WOW BINDER! WOW= We Organize Work. The kids take home this binder every night, and they leave it on my small group table as soon as they walk in the door in the morning. I check through the binder for lunch money, notes from home, homework, and to see if they have completed their reading log
The Teacher Studio: Learning, Thinking, Creating: Made It Monday!: "Questions, comments, & concerns" mailbox - for students to share home concerns, for student grievances w/ group tables, for shy students to ask questions, for students to ask for challenges in certain skills, etc.
latitude and longitude practice.... kids fill in all columns except one per row and trade with a classmate to have them fill out the rest. good way to practice finding places on the map and using lat and long.