Monday, August 12, 2013

The First Days of School

The first few days of school are just crazy busy, aren't they? It's so funny to think of how many, many things I had planned for the first three days of school; yet, we only actually accomplished a third of those (and that's a generous estimate). It takes so much time for students to get to know the school, classroom, rules, procedures, and each other, that even the more simple tasks simply take extra time those first few days. I would always prefer to be over-prepared than the alternative, though. I managed to snap a few pictures of some of our activities from the first three days.

  • First Grade Surveys The students completed this writing/drawing activity to share a little information about themselves at the beginning of the school year. It's true; we had some sad faces at the beginning of the day. I am happy to report that those first-day jitters didn't last too long! :)

  •  Circle Map of Good Behavior at School The students volunteered their ideas about good behavior before we talked about Classroom Expectations.

  •  Get to Know Your Teachers After a get-to-know-your-teachers activity in which we shared our own teacher "Me-Bags," the students completed a drawing and writing activity to show what they learned about their new teachers. You just have to be careful with these activities; your students' drawings of you are not always the most flattering... don't take it personally if you aren't pretty on paper. ;)

  •  Graph: How We Go Home The students created a whole-class graph to show all the ways we go home at the end of the day.

  •  Graph: Our Favorite Colors The students created a whole-class graph of their favorite colors.

  •  Link of Friends The students created small, craft-representations of themselves and made a link of friends along the wall. 

  • Show what you know! We managed to complete a few very basic preassessments to help me better understand where some of my new kiddos are beginning the year academically. A few of my girls enjoyed using bedazzling jewels to help them appropriately space their letters while writing.

Our favorite books this week were:
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes and Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann.

What are some of your favorite activities and books from the first days of school?