back to school classroom management games

My students absolutely LOVE these Classroom Management Games!  I thought back to the beginning of the year and made a list of some of the most common behaviors that students need help with at the start of school.  It's usually fairly consistent from year to year.  These games target those behaviors while positively reinforcing students meeting your expectations.  These games are played as a whole group and end with some sort of reward.

I print the games on cardstock and laminate them.  I use Velcro dots to attach the game pieces to the game boards. 

back to school classroom management games

The first game focuses on blurting out.  This one is a difficult one at first for students, because they have been at home all summer and aren't as used to waiting to speak or raising their hand.  I used the game of BUMP to work on the blurting issue.  When students blurt out, the teacher gets to add a game piece to the board.  When a student raises their hand or waits their turn to speak, that student gets to add a game piece to the board.  The first with four in a row wins!  Don't forget that you can bump each other off the board!  I have included a list of mostly free prize ideas in the resource.

back to school classroom management games

I think this one is so cute!  It's time to get ON BOARD the ON TASK BUS!  I know it's cheesy, but I love it!  The bus starts out empty.  When the class is on task during an assignment or activity, they get to put a kid on the bus.  When the bus is full, they win an award.

back to school classroom management games

Some years, tattling is a problem, and then other years, it's not.  But sometimes it starts to happen later in the year, so this game (like all the others) might be good to pull out later on in the year, as well.  This is played like traditional Tic Tac Toe.  When students tattle, the teacher gets to add an X to the game board.  When the teacher see students problem solving on their own, they get to add an O to the game board.  The first with three in a row wins!

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We talk a lot about making smart choices those first weeks of school.  This is a good vs. poor choices game that will help students think about their choices and the power that they hold.  

back to school classroom management games

It's important to get your students involved in taking care of their classroom.  To encourage picking up after oneself and putting things where they belong, students play this whole group game, Cleanup Showdown.  When you catch a student cleaning up or picking something up for someone else, add a crayon to the bucket.  When the bucket contains all seven crayons, the students win the game.

back to school classroom management games

This last one is great for building community in your classroom.  Choose a focus behavior for the game, such as using kind words, complimenting others, helping friends, etc.  When students are exhibiting that behavior, add a heart game piece to the kind side of the chart.  When someone does something that is not kind, add a heart to the other side.  If the kind side outweighs the not kind side by the end of the day or class period, the class wins the game.

If you are interested in playing these games with your students, click any of the photos to check the resource out.  I am making these for the entire year, so I hope they will help you and your students as your are establishing your classroom community.  I hope you have a great school year!

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modern farmhouse classroom decor

For the past three years, I have had a farmhouse classroom theme.  The look was very rustic, so I have decided to do something a little different.  I wanted to update and modernize the farmhouse look, so I decided to design a Modern Farmhouse Classroom Decor resource.  I still love my classic farmhouse, but like I said, I was just ready for something new.  This set includes lots of modern patterns and tile with plants mixed in.  You have the option of including the plants in your decor or not including them.  I realize plants aren't everyone's thing.  Let's take a look at what is included!

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modern farmhouse classroom decor

I am using white shiplap paper for my bulletin board backgrounds.  The Simply Stylish Tile Straight Border is from Carson Dellosa.  It matches the background of some of the pieces almost perfectly!  I have had a few questions about my white shelf.  It's from Target and the desk is from Wayfair.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

I include lots of pendant options in the resource, but this is a little white felt pendant I made.  I just bought sheets of felt and cut out triangles.  I wanted mine to be fabric.  Below the pendant, you will see part of the calendar board.  I also include number of the day pieces.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

I love the binder covers!  All of the backgrounds match the other components of the decor set.  The binder covers and spines are all fully editable.


modern farmhouse classroom decor

I kept the labels the same as in my Modern Play Classroom Decor, but I did add some with plants on them.  There are supply labels and math manipulative labels, as well as editable labels for you to customize to meet your needs.  The pencil cup labels below have a fun hexagon tile on them.  The cups are from Hobby Lobby.

modern farmhouse classroom decor


modern farmhouse classroom decor

I make sure to sort all of my materials for the upcoming week in daily bins.  These bins are from Amazon and the ribbon on the alphabet banner is from Hobby Lobby.  They had several choices with plants on them.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

These canvas bins are so cute!  They are both from Amazon.  The hamper is great for storing anchor charts, and I am going to use the rectangular one for reading buddies or pillows.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

Along with the alphabet banner, you will see the alphabet posters, number posters, and number banner below.  There is also one in cursive.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

modern farmhouse classroom decor

The word wall contains all 1,000 Fry words.  This ribbon is, again, from Hobby Lobby.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

modern farmhouse classroom decor

Below is one of the motivational posters printed in poster size.  You can read the steps for doing this within the resource.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

modern farmhouse classroom decor

There are book bin number labels, A-Z labels, and theme labels, as well as editable versions.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

modern farmhouse classroom decor

The schedule cards are also editable.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

There are four name plate options.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

This is one of the table number labels.  There is another one with no plant.  If you do table caddies, there are labels for those, too.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

Finally, you will find color posters, 2D shape posters, 3D shape posters, lots of student number options, hand signal posters, and more!

modern farmhouse classroom decor

I hope you enjoyed the photos in this post!  I can't wait to show you the decor in my actual classroom!  I still have to paint the walls before I can decorate, but as soon as I am finished, I will give you a tour!  You can check out the Modern Farmhouse Classroom Decor by clicking on any photos in the post.  I hope you all have a great summer!!!

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classroom design

Hello, teacher friends!  I cannot contain my excitement about this new classroom decor!  It has been a goal of mine for years to begin creating classroom decor resources, and I have decided to finally start making it happen!  My first design was inspired by searching for modern playrooms on Pinterest.  Follow my inspiration board HERE if you want to be inspired, too!  I am all about making my learning environment feel cozy like home.  I think this set lends itself to that.  The modern, clean lines will create the proper learning environment for your students no matter what the age.  I think it also will be great to incorporate lots of flexible seating, too.  The blacks and whites will go with any accent color or colors that you may want to incorporate.  Let's take a look at what all is included in the Modern Play Classroom Decor resource!

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classroom design

I went with white shiplap bulletin board paper to coordinate with some of the printable pieces and border from Carson Dellosa.  The Painted Dots border went along really well with some of the backgrounds I used in the pack.

classroom design

I am really loving the criss cross trend right now, so I used lots of that pattern in the calendar and number of the day board.  I printed everything on cardstock and laminated everything with my  laminator.  This lamination is super durable!

classroom design

classroom design

I attached the movable pieces of the board, such as the months and days, with velcro dots.

classroom design

Having a schedule of your day posted in your classroom is super important for your students.  Each piece of the schedule chart is editable, so that you can customize it to meet your needs.

classroom design

I love hanging table numbers on these fun pom poms.  You can find them at any craft or party store.  But if you're like me and your fire marshall doesn't allow you to hang things from your ceiling, you can use the ones intended for table caddies in the file.

classroom design

Again, here is the criss cross pattern!  I found this hamper on Amazon to hold anchor charts.

classroom design

I have included lots of supply label options, along with math tool labels.  Everything is editable!

classroom design

classroom design


classroom design

classroom design

You will find lots of binder cover and spine options, which are also editable.

classroom design

I attached ribbon to the word wall letters.  I then add the words to the word wall with tiny clothespins.  Hobby Lobby is a great store to find your ribbon!  All 1,000 Fry Words are included in the set.

classroom design

classroom design

These are the number posters included.

classroom design

I am loving these motivational posters.  I just printed and hung them, but they would be super cute framed.  The basket was a clearance find at Hobby Lobby and the reading buddies are from Five Below.

classroom design

These book ends matched perfectly and were another Hobby Lobby find.

classroom design

I always organize my materials for the next week on Friday.  This keeps me super prepared for what's to come.  The bins are from Amazon.  You can see part of one of the alphabet banners at the bottom of the desk.  I hung this below my board last year, and it was so helpful for my students and looked great!


classroom design

The cactus pillow is from Hobby Lobby and the basket is from Amazon.  

classroom design

You can see one of the alphabet options above.  There is also a cursive alphabet in the file.  The pennants are printable.  There are also black and white options. You can see a number banner below.

classroom design

I have included book bin labels for your classroom library.  There are student number, levels A-Z, and themed labels within the file, but I did include an editable version, as well.  

classroom design


classroom design
You always want to have a space to display student work.  You can see one of three student display number sets below.  I attach the numbers to a clothespin.  I am loving the star print, too!  I even grabbed a basket with this print!

classroom design

Student Name Plates

classroom design

And finally, you will find hand signal, color, and 2D/3D shape posters, too.

classroom design    classroom design

You can click any of the photos to check out the Modern Play Classroom Decor set.  I cannot wait to decorate my actual classroom!  I am having a hard time deciding between this one and my next design release!  Thank you for stopping by!  Happy classroom decorating!

classroom design