Fun, contemporary back-to-school lesson! Have your students draw "selfies" and describe their summer via text message prompts. Makes for a great bulletin board display!!
Teaching culture from the English speaking countries. History of the Union Jack Flag.
reward system based on 'real world' -- kids earn chips for good behaviors and chores, then turn them in for things they want. they also lose chips for behaviors that aren't acceptable. (this is the chart I created for my little nanny-kids)
I used Ikea bookcases and some beadboard to create a small "mudroom" by the garage entry door. Repainting the walls and doors also makes the space seem much more finished.