Teacher’s Brain

Digital Classroom Organization Tips You Need To Try

You know how hard it can be to keep your classroom organized, right? Well, lucky for us, technology has made it a lot easier. Thanks to recent world events, we all got a crash course in relying more on technology in the classroom, and as challenging as it was at first, it has some benefits! You may be wondering:

What is the best way to organize your classroom?

How do you organize digital teaching materials?

Here are some tips that can help digitally organize your classroom!

digital classroom organization

First things first, get yourself a digital calendar for your classroom organization

You can use tools like Google Calendar to keep track of everything from holidays to exams. Plus, you can easily access it from any device, so you’ll never forget an important event. If you’re a pen and paper kind of teacher, that’s fine! This can be a great supplement to your current system. 

Another thing to try is creating a digital gradebook. 

This can be a lifesaver when it comes to managing grades, tracking student progress, and sharing grades with parents. You can use tools like Google Sheets or specialized gradebook software to make it super easy.

Have you heard of digital classroom management systems? 

These systems can help you manage your classroom digitally, from attendance to lesson plans to student communication. Some popular options include Canvas and Schoology. They can really streamline your classroom processes and make things run more smoothly.

Digital note-taking is another cool option to consider. 

You can use tools like Evernote or Google Keep to keep your notes organized, collaborate with other teachers, and share information with students.

Finally, don’t forget about organizing your digital files! 

Use a file management system like Google Drive or Dropbox to keep everything in one place. You can even create folders for each subject or topic, which makes finding what you need a breeze.

If you’re looking for some digital classroom resources that can be used for online learning or in the classroom to keep everything organized and low-prep, I have you covered. 

These Google Slides Templates make it easy to teach digitally or in person. 

digital classroom

They make it easy to personalize your classroom too! Decide the slides you want to use with your class, delete what you don’t want, add clickable links, forms, images, a quiz, or videos of you to personalize your classroom.

What is in this download?

digital classroom

15 Google Slide Templates for Home Room, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, PE, Centers and a Brain Break. They have home buttons of the slides so students can use presentation mode and easily find their schedule on the Home Room slide.

18 Google Slides with links for a DEMO. There are extra slides from my own digital resources for you to use as a demo or in your own presentation or if you are K-2, you can use the demo for an emergency sub plan if needed. 

3 Page PDF with Directions

Slides are 11 x 8.5 so you can add other slides that can be printed out by the students at home if needed.

Easily share Google Forms to collect information, images, videos, audio, online games and more! Share during a virtual meeting or in-person to keep your schedule on track!

Check out the video tutorial!

There are so many great digital tools out there to help us stay organized in our classrooms. It might take a bit of effort to get started, but trust me, it’s worth it! 

What are your digital classroom organization tips? Share them in the comments!

Ways To Teach Students About Community Helpers

Let’s talk about community helpers! 

As a teacher, you have an amazing opportunity to help your students understand and appreciate the community they live in, and the people who work hard to make it a great place to live. 

By teaching your students about this topic, you can help them develop a sense of pride and respect for those who work to keep their community safe and thriving.

If you’re looking for fun community helpers activities for your elementary students, you’re in the right place! 

How do you teach kids about community helpers? 

There are lots of different things you can do! Here are some ideas to get you started. 

Invite community helpers as guest speakers

One fun way to teach your students about this is to invite them to visit your classroom! Reach out to your local police department, fire station, hospital, or library, and ask if someone can come speak to your students about their role in the community. Your students will love getting the chance to ask questions and learn firsthand from those who work in their community.

Take a field trip

Another great way to teach your students about community helpers is to take a field trip! You could visit a fire station, police station, hospital, or other public service facility. You could also take your students on a walking tour of the community to show them where these helpers work and how they serve the community. It’s a great way to help your students see how important these helpers are to the community.

Read about it and watch fun, educational videos. 

Books and videos can also be a great way to introduce your students to this subject. There are so many wonderful stories and videos out there that showcase helpers in action. You can find a wide variety of books and videos at your local library or online on YouTube. Reading stories about firefighters, doctors, police officers, and other community helpers can help your students understand the important work these individuals do.

Create a community helpers journal

Starting a journal all about the things that students learn about this topic can be an effective and fun way to help students retain what they learn and make it fun! Ideas for their journal are lists of helpers in the community, what they do for us, ways they can volunteer, and more! 

If you’re looking for the perfect resource to help with your community helpers lesson plan, I have you covered. 

These community helpers activities and worksheets are the perfect addition to your community helpers unit. 

community helpers

It includes 9 weeks of lesson plans, worksheets, and activities for students to learn all about the helpers in our communities!

What is in this download?

Pg. 1 Cover
Pg. 2 Information on the Unit/Journal Set Up
Pg. 3 9 Weeks At A Glance
Pg. 4 Table of Contents
Pg. 5-13 Weekly Detailed Lesson Plans for 9 Weeks
Pg. 14 Home Connection Parent Letter
Pg. 15 Journal Cover
Pg. 16-17 Word Bank for the Journal
Pg. 18 KWL
Pg. 19- 53 (Printables to insert as a journal or use individually covering Community Helpers, Tools and Equipment, and Today & Long Ago)
Pg. 54 RUBRIC for Journal (Last Page of Journal)
Pg. 55- 63 Nine Interactive Notebook Pages (suggested to do once a week on Fridays)
Pg. 64-75 Posters
Pg. 76-78 Examples of how to put your Interactive Notebook Pages in a notebook.

community helpers activities


Pg. 79 – 80 Poem/Songs
Pg. 81 Dial 911
Pg. 82 Cut and Label the Police Officer
Pg. 83 Cut and Label the Firefighter
Pg. 84 Community Helpers
Pg. 85 Volunteer Art Handprint Gift
Pg. 86 Sample of How to Make the Gift
Pg. 87 & 88 Police Office Hat/Headband
Pg. 89 Police Badges
Pg. 90 & 91 Firefighter Hat
Pg. 92 Credits

community helpers

This is a 9 week unit on Community Helpers for primary aged students focused on K-1 skills. It is full of engaging activities keeping in mind the ages of the learners. It covers three areas: Community Jobs, Tools and Equipment for Jobs, and Today vs. Long Ago.

community helpers lesson plan

What is in this download?

  • 9 WEEKS of Suggested Lesson Plans (45 Days of Instruction)
  • Posters Posters
  • Social Studies Journal with a Rubric (pg. 8-47)
  • Home Connection (Invitation for Guest Speakers)

I hope this post gave you some inspiration for your lesson plans! What are your favorite activities for teaching about this subject? Let me know in the comments! If you’re looking for more social studies activities for elementary, check out my post here!

Host a SPY DAY Themed End of the Year Celebration

Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to end the school year with your students? Look no further than the SPY Day School LAB theme day, available on TeachersPayTeachers! My students love when I add a theme to our end of the year celebrations!

This end-of-the-year theme day is designed to get students excited and engaged as they work together to complete a series of spy-themed challenges. Teachers can structure the day like a spy mission, with each challenge building on the skills and knowledge learned in the previous challenge. You can add some spy themed music while they solve clues.

The SPY Day School LAB includes everything you need to run a successful theme day. It includes detailed instructions, printable worksheets, and engaging activities. I love challenges that are designed to be age-appropriate and can be easily adapted to suit different grade levels and classroom settings.


One of the key benefits of the SPY Day School LAB is that it encourages students to work together. The challenges require students to communicate effectively, collaborate, and support each other as they work towards a common goal. This can be a great way to build a sense of community and connection among your students as the school year comes to a close.

Another benefit of the SPY Day School LAB is that it is highly engaging and fun for students. The challenges are designed to be exciting and interactive, which can help to motivate students and keep them focused on their learning. This can be especially important as the school year winds down and students may be feeling restless or distracted.

Overall, the SPY Day School LAB is a great option for teachers who want to end the school year on a high note. It is a fun and engaging way to build teamwork skills. The activities also promote community building, and keep students motivated and focused on their learning. Check it out on TeachersPayTeachers today and get ready for a thrilling end-of-year adventure!

5 Heartfelt and Creative DIY Crafts and Activities to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Can you believe Mother’s Day is just around the corner? This school year has absolutely flown by. As elementary school teachers, we have a golden opportunity to help our students show their love and appreciation for their amazing moms through fun and creative Mother’s Day crafts and Mother’s Day activities.

Are you planning to make some DIY Mother’s Day crafts with your students this year? If you are and aren’t sure what to make, I have you covered! 

What kind of activities can be done on Mother’s Day in school?

Here are a few ideas for some awesome DIY crafts and Mother’s Day gift ideas you can do with your students to celebrate all of the amazing mamas in their lives:

Homemade Cards

There’s nothing quite like a personalized card to show someone you care. Have your students create their own cards for their moms using all kinds of art supplies such as markers, stickers, glitter, and construction paper. You can check out my Mother’s Day card resource here! 

Flower Bouquets

Who doesn’t love flowers? Have your students create their own bouquets using tissue paper or construction paper. They can choose their mom’s favorite colors and types of flowers, and then arrange them in a vase or jar. Check out my flower card resource here! 

Photo Frames

Help your students create their own photo frames for their moms using materials such as popsicle sticks, cardboard, and paint. Encourage them to get creative with decorations and messages that express their love.

Coupon Books

Have your students get creative and fill it with things that they know their mom will love. Check out my coupon book resource here! 

Mother’s Day Tea Party

Who doesn’t love a good tea party? Host one in your classroom for moms and their children. Have your students prepare and serve tea and snacks, and create a warm and inviting atmosphere for this special occasion.

If you’re looking for the perfect resource to add to your tea party, you’ll love my Mother’s Day Tea Lapbook resource

mother's day crafts

Even if you can’t do a tea party, this craft makes a great DIY Mother’s Day craft for kids to give to their mothers. 

Mother's day gift ideas

Here’s what’s included: 

Pg. 1 Cover

Pg. 2 Table of Contents

Pg. 3 Directions

Pg. 4 Mom with Hair

Pg. 5 Mom Without Hair (add yarn to personalize)

Pg. 6 Tea Pot for Front Cover of Lapbook

Pg. 7 Arms and Title for Lapbook

Pg. 8 Coupon Book

Pg. 9 Cup of Tea (add a tea bag)

Pg. 10 Notes to add to Lapbook

Pg. 11 – 12 Mother’s Day Flap Book

Pg. 13 Pocket full of REASONS (with phones)

Pg. 14 Adjectives to describe MOM (This is an extra sheet I did not use in the Lapbook example. I added it in case you might want to be creative and change things around.)

Pg. 15 Photo of Lapbook Cover

Pg. 16 Photo of Lapbook Inside

Pg. 17 Photo of Extra Flower Adjective Activity

​​Pg. 18 Credits

Mother's day crafts

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Remember, the key is to encourage creativity and heartfelt expressions of love and appreciation. Let’s help our students celebrate their moms in a fun and meaningful way this Mother’s Day! 

For more fun activities for the classroom during the month of May, check out my post about Star Wars Day here!

What are your favorite Mother’s Day activities for school? Let me know in the comments!