Here is a picture of my tool box:
I didn't have time in each class to cover all of the items, but I was able to pick and choose. I used the eraser (to help them fix mistakes), the head phones (because I'm a good listener) and the key (to explain what confidential means and tell them the exceptions to that rule) in every lesson. I only used the star in 5th grade to talk about how I was going to help guide them to middle school and get them through the lonely, confusing, scary times along the journey. I just picked and chose the rest of them depending on the grade level I was with. I made sure to talk about all of all of the points I wanted to make even if I didn't use the tool that specifically represented that (they all tie together pretty nicely).
Also, the most important (and my favorite!) thing that I did, was leave them with with their own tool to solve problems this year. When I came in the middle of last year, I brought with me Heart Talk. It was something that I learned in my internship and came from a WONDERFUL lesson planning resource, Puzzle Pieces by Diane Senn. Heart Talk teaches the children to use I-messages (I feel, because, please) when they have a problem. In every class I had at least a couple of students fill my bucket by showing me that they remembered Heart Talk! :)
What did you use for your first lesson with your kiddos? I'm so glad to have met all of the classes and I can't wait to get started next week with my lessons!