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Keys to the Elementary Classroom

Keys to the Elementary Classroom
A New Teacher's Guide to the First Month of School

Third Edition

November 2008 | 224 pages | Corwin
Best practices to help you start the school year in a powerful way! This updated edition of the bestseller, Keys to the Classroom, provides new teachers with strategies for establishing clear classroom procedures and building a foundation for a successful first year. Readers will find a practical, easy-to-use guidebook that includes lesson plans, tips for organizing the first day, and sample parent letters in English and Spanish.

The third edition features:

- An added chapter on planning and creating the classroom environment

- Voices of novice and experienced teachers - Updated assessment materials

- Revised instructional materials for English as a second language

- New classroom activities

Preface to the Third Edition
About the Authors
Phases of Teaching: The Ups and Downs of a First-Year Teacher

1. A Guide to Planning and Creating the Environment
Annual Planning

Midrange Planning: Getting to Know Your Students and Community

Daily and Weekly Planning

Room Arrangement

Environment Checklist

Preparation Prior to the First Day

2. Assessments
Assessment Overview

Assessment Forms

3. Routines and Procedures
Cardinal Rules of Classroom Management

Freeze and Listen


Procedures for Lessons, Groups, and Rotations

Strategies Regarding Behavior

Daily Ongoing Activities

4. The First Two Weeks of School...A Detailed Account
Overview of the First Two Weeks of School for Kindergarten and First Grade

First Two Weeks of School—Kindergarten

First Two Weeks of School—First Grade

First Two Weeks of School—Second and Third Grades

First Two Weeks of School—Fourth to Sixth Grades

5. Activities for the First Month
Community Builder Activities

Language Arts Activities

Math Activities

Other Activities

6. Fingerplays and Songs for Oral Language in English and Spanish
Attention-Getting Fingerplays

Inclusion Songs

Songs That Are Adaptable to Thematic Units

7. Home and School Communication
First Day of Kindergarten / Primer Día del Kinder

Donation Requests / Donaciones, Por Favor

Daily Snack Program / Programa Diario Del Bocadillo

Classroom Volunteer Request / Voluntarios, Por Favor

Homework Schedule / Horario de la Tarea

The Writing Process / El Proceso De la Escritura

Resource A: Bibliography for Teachers
Resource B: Read-Alouds, K-6, in English and Spanish

"New teachers will love this step-by-step approach to setting up and managing a classroom while nurturing a community of eager and cooperative learners. The authors also provide a plethora of practical classroom activities for both new and seasoned teachers."

Catherine Hernandez, Second-Grade Teacher
Detroit Public Schools, MI

"Proficient teachers are key to the future of education. This book is a great resource to help new teachers make their first year a successful one!"

Janet Crews, Instructional Coach
Clayton School District, MO

"A great book to keep on your desk throughout the year."

Maureen Maloney, Second-Grade Teacher
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, LA

“This book is loaded with ideas and strategies, as well as suggestions for implementing these ideas!”

Melanie Mares, Academic Coach
Lowndes Middle School, Valdosta, GA

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

For instructors

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ISBN: 9781412963695