Three years into teaching and I still find things like this helpful! Checklist of procedures for the beginning of school. When you look at this list, it's no wonder it seems like it takes forever to get around to teaching content!
People Bingo - Whole group activity - The kids have to find someone different to sign in each box and when they have a signature in every box they call out, "Bingo!" yESSSS people bingo, make those kids talk at each other
Choose different reading logs to match what your students are reading at any given time! Six different logs including Venn Diagrams and T-charts. Prompts challenge kids to reflect about a variety of narrative elements!
Classroom Jobs & Application Freebie: Here is a two page classroom jobs description sheet and an application for students to list their top five choices and qualifications. Both are left in Excel for you to customize to your needs.
Secret Student - pick a student each day to keep a close eye on. During the day say you are checking on your secret student and the class will correct their behavior in case they are the secret student - Certificate or Label as sticker!