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31 Perfect Back-to-School Books for the Classroom
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A great list of books to read aloud to students in the first days of school.

Also consider:
Maybe - by Kombi Yamada - a book about the endless possibilities in all of us.
What Do You Do With A Problem - by Kombi Yamada - a great book to introduce and discuss the struggles you may face together as a class.

Add your favourites in the comments section below!

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
Posted Elizabeth Mulvahill
Date Added:
08/27/2020
50 Questions To Ask Kids To Check In & Get To Know Them
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"Getting to know the students in your classroom can be tricky. It can be even tougher to connect when you’re teaching online. Despite the challenge, it’s more important than ever to find ways to check in and strengthen your relationship. Not sure where to begin? Here’s a list of 50 questions to ask elementary kids throughout the year."

(This article says the prompts are for elementary students, but they will really work for any age, adults included).

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Posted Jeanne Croteau
Date Added:
12/14/2020
Activities to Promote Parent Involvement
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CC BY-NC-ND
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Research shows that children are more likely to succeed academically and are less likely to engage in violent behavior if their families are involved in their education. Many parents say, however, that they feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in their children's schools. Teachers often feel under attack by parents who are highly involved. Learn how to bridge the gap. Included: A dozen activities to promote parental involvement and ten tips for involved parents.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Vicki Moore
Date Added:
10/17/2019
Back to School Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum & Activities from Everfi
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Classroom Culture

Instill a sustainable, positive culture in your classroom with these lessons and activities.

Elementary - 8 Activities for Building a Compassionate Classroom Culture

Middle School - 7 Activities to Foster Decision-Making and Character Skills

High School - 6 Ways to Embed Mental Wellness into Classroom Culture

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Everfi
Author:
Everfi
Date Added:
08/20/2019
Five Ways Humor Boosts Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving in the Classroom
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"Humor, goofiness, joy, fun — these were actually vital to developing a creative classroom culture. When I taught middle school, we had a wordplay wall at the back with ridiculously bad dad jokes (things like “fire drill” and “slow jams” and “graduated cylinder”). We had Easter Eggs hidden throughout the classroom. We had our own version of a Rick Roll. If someone asked you to “share a link,” you had to “Cher a link” instead, sending them to a music video from Cher. "

This excellent resource includes videos, and some reading. It's very engaging - and fun! It's all about bringing joy to your classroom - which happens to spark community, creativity and foster risk taking! Win win win!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Author:
John Spencer
Date Added:
09/17/2019
Get Ready to Go Back to School
Read the Fine Print
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Teachers and students come to school bringing a wide range of backgrounds, languages, abilities, and temperaments. Get things off to the best start by asking them to respect their differences and make the most of their similarities. By sharing information on their lives and dreams, students and teachers can build community in the classroom that will support literacy instruction throughout the school year.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
10/05/2018
Icebreakers - free instructions to the best games and activities
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ree Instructions (step-by-step) for good icebreaker ideas! On this website you will find over 100+ of our favorite family friendly icebreakers and group activities. These easy-to-follow guides are useful for a wide variety of settings: classrooms, corporate training and team building, camps, youth groups, parties, retreats, hanging out with friends! Please share this site with your friends!

Below, you can find them sorted by your group size (small, medium, large and extra large) and by type (active, get-to-know-you, team building, party game, etc.).

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
icbreakers.ws
Date Added:
09/03/2019
My Summer - Weekly Project from Tynker
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Summer vacation has come to an end and school is back in session! Students will reminisce about their summer fun as they follow a step-by-step HTML/CSS tutorial in the Text Code Editor, where they'll create their own web page that captures the spirit of their summer adventures. By the end of this lesson, students will have combined creativity with problem-solving skills while reinforcing coding concepts and HTML/CSS syntax.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Coding
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Tynker
Date Added:
08/31/2019
Sun West Return to Learn Process
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CC BY-NC
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As we prepare for the fall 2020 re-entry to school, in thinking about specifically supporting learning, we have developed the “Sun West Return to Learn Process”.  This process reminds us of the best practices we already implement in our schools, continues to reinforce our PeBL philosophy and will help us work together to achieve “Success for ALL learners”.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Kelli Boklaschuk
Melissa Lander
Vanessa Lewis
Date Added:
06/25/2020