new student packets. the teacher makes 5 extra of everything at the beginning of the school year so that when a new student comes midyear, she has a name tag, beginning of the year info, labels for folders/journals, etc. for the student.
Unifix cubes are a concrete representation of addition/number bonds. Building the bond with the Unifix cubes is what develops number sense. Great use for flash cards instead of looking for just memorization
this is my favorite first day activity. find your class picture from whatever grade you teach, scan it and ask the kiddos to decide which one was you! Not sure if I want to show my grade photo but we will see!