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ideas for bathroom passes and procedures in the classroom

5 Ideas for Bathroom Passes and Procedures

It would be great if kids would only use the bathroom at recess and lunch, but in the real world, kids often need to use the bathroom during class – sometimes at the most inconvenient times! Here are five ideas for managing this little inconvenience. Put your bathroom passes on lanyards. Require students to wear

Write a Poem by Rolling Dice!

Here is a fun activity that integrates creative writing with math by having students use dice to write a non-rhyming poem. Students will also get practice with syllables. You could do this as a whole class, if you have enough dice, or at a center. Here is what to do: Give each student a pair

Wanting to start the new school year off on the right foot? Of course you are! This FREE classroom procedure checklist will help you accomplish just that. Click through to download your free checklist now!

Free Classroom Procedure Checklist for the Start of the Year

Every teacher knows that you must have specific procedures in place for your classroom to run smoothly. Here is a checklist that you can use to make sure that you have a procedure or a routine for everything. This would be a great tool for a first year teacher, as well as a good reminder

8 Memory Tips to Use with Your Students

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome guest blogger Carmen Y. Reyes. This post originally appeared in the TpT seller forums and is reposted here with permission. Carmen specializes in tools for helping with classroom management, communication, learning disabilities, and understanding how students learn. She is clearly an expert in her field with years of

Merry Christmas in July!

Here are some fun and free Christmas (and Hanukkah) activities from Minds in Bloom to tuck away in your files until December! Christmas Would You Rather Questions for Kids Christmas Analogy Fun Christmas Break Scavenger Hunt Twelve Days of Christmas Math Word Problems Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe Journal Prompt Grid Hanukkah Vocabulary Matching and Word Search Menorah Logic Puzzle

This back to school "snowball" fight activity will have your students getting up and moving around the classroom to get to know each other. Extend the activity by repeating it with new facts--or use the same ones again!

Back to School “Snowball” Fight

Grab this FREE back to school Presentation that’s great for virtual learning! Get to Know Each Other This Year! Students love those first day ice breakers! Here is a quick and really fun get-to-know-you activity for the first week of school. Have each student take out a sheet of notebook paper and write three interesting,

Schools everywhere experience low teacher morale from time to time. It's always hard to raise spirits during these times, so here's something fun for staff that will help boost staff morale during those tough times.

Something Fun for the Staff

Here is a fun way to recognize colleagues who go above and beyond to be helpful. It involves creating a special award that is passed from person to person, often with much aplomb. To implement this program, find something you can use as an award – ideally something kitschy from a yard sale or a thrift shop. We used

Although There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom may seem silly at first glance, it actually makes for a great class read aloud. It tells the story of a boy who has given up on himself and whom others have given up on, as well - except for his school counselor. It has messages of perseverance, grit, community, and acceptance, hence why it's such a great class read aloud!

Great Class Read Aloud: There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom

At first glance There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar doesn’t look like the kind of book you would read aloud to your class. It comes across (at least to me) as more silly than anything else. Although there is certainly humor in the book, There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom is so

Playing games is a great way to start off a new school year and help students break the ice with one another. This Get to Know You Jenga makes for the perfect icebreaker activity - and it's free! Click through to learn more in this blog post and to download your freebie.

Free – Get-to-Know-You Jenga!

Here is a fun way to take the game Jenga™ to a whole new level while helping your students to get to know each other better. Just download these free Jenga statement slips, cut them apart and tape them to the bottom of your Jenga™ blocks (great job for a student or parent helper).    

how to enhance observation skills in students

Observation Nature Walk

Here is a fun way for students (or campers, scouts, or whatever you have) to test their powers of observation while enjoying nature. A nature walk is also a great way to introduce the concept of camouflage. To do this activity, you will need a short stretch of trail in the woods, ideally one that is not

It's always a great idea to get a good seat for a parade, but that means you have to be there early. Check out these 5 fun things to do while you wait for a parade to start!

5 Fun Things to Do While Waiting for the Parade to Start

If you are going to a small town parade for Independence Day, you will most likely have to get there at least an hour before the parade starts in order to get a good place to sit. While you could bring along the Gameboy or iTouch to keep your little ones entertained, why not engage

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