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Back To School
Our favorite young adult characters and others have had some interesting first days of school. These mentor/anchor texts will be the windows and mirrors your students need to see other versions of first days of school. The links below will download Word or PDF versions of the text excerpts. Here is some background and thoughts on the texts. MASTER LIST with links DOC PDF Excerpts from Young Adult Novels Young Adult Novels Master Document DOC PDF Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (1993) DOC
It's the First Day! Now What? Back to School Ideas for Day One!
By intentionally taking time to build a positive community in your classroom, you can ease the challenges of classroom management, improve student attitude toward learning, and create an environment where students feel welcomed and supported. Check out Presto Plans' 5 favorite ways to build classroom community on The Secondary English Coffee Shop blog!
7 First week of school activities for middle schoolers
A great assortment of back to school activities that will get your students thinking and working cooperatively with their peers!
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This is a great first day/week activity for getting to know students, and they will love it because it involves candy! They randomly choose an M out of the bag, depending on the color they choose they will answer a question about themselves. If some students do not like chocolate you could use Skittles instead. 0642
Get to know your students and allow them to get to know each other in a fun, creative, engaging way!