I start fact fluency right away during the first week. I have a fluency center during my math rotations, and I switch out which operation the students practice. I love these matching sets for all operations.
I love these first day activities from Amy Groesbeck. There's a variety of activities to get students talking and working together. I copy all of them so I have extras, just in case. You know how the first day of school goes.
These fluency passages are amazing. I print out a set for each students, hole punch it, put it in a folder with brads, and teach the students how to work in groups of three and practice their fluency.
I teach place value during the first week of school. I like to use this activity in my math centers to get students talking about the things we are learning/reviewing.
I like to have my students write in their journals every day. I struggle to come up with prompts that aren't always the same, and this product solved that problem for me. This product contains 104 journal prompts, including narrative, opinion, how-to, and persuasive prompts.
After I teach growth mindset, I like to go through some of the statements on this worksheet as a class to further our discussion about focusing on effort and not giving up.