My tip for the first day of school, might seem a bit obvious. In fact, it's not a difficult one and you might not even consider it a tip at all. But it's something that I took a few years to figure out when I was a beginning teacher.
You know when you're getting your first class, or changing schools, you want to be super prepared?
Well, I used to be like that, and obsess over the first day. I used to be very nervous about getting it right, and so I used to overplan my first day. Now overplanning in itself is not a bad thing, but attempting to complete everything you have overplanned can be frustrating for everyone.
So my tip is
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
That's it. Nothing fancy.
Where I teach, the kids do not see each other over the summer holidays. I'm sure they all hibernate in front of a screen in the dark all summer. So when they come back to school and meet up with their old friends, all they really want to do is chat and catch up. So on the first day of school, I plan a simple calendar routine, and then a class discussion about the summer and then an easy writing activity about what they did over the summer. Why don't you hop down over and get your own free copy of my writing activity.
I provided a page for both the Canadian and the American spellings.
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Now that we're back from camping, I've been busy slogging away at updating and fixing up my science units. This is just a quick post to let you know that these fantastic units are available in my store and that if you already have them, please download the updates.
To celebrate all my hard work, these two units will be 50% off for the next 24 hours.
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I know, I know, it seems so sad to be discussing back to school already. Especially when for many of us, are only halfway through the summer break. But I found this fun summer linky to join up on. It’s called Math Tip Monday, and it’s on the first Monday of the month. So here we are at the beginning of August and it’s time to join on up.
I generally start my year with a unit on Graphing. I figure the kids have spent their summers thinking about anything except Math, and that they are not ready to start thinking about addition and subtraction. Graphing is really easy to do with real-life items. It's low pressure and the kids always enjoy it. I have been using this graphing unit idea for Kindergarten and grade one and two. It works well with a split class too as each child can work to their own ability.
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I always start by graphing the number of boys and girls in the class. You can do this with the actual children themselves, or by having them draw a picture of themselves on a small piece of paper and then gluing them on a chart paper on which you have drawn a graph. I like using chart paper, because then I can hang it up on the wall of the room to refer back to. You can graph their shoes (laces, velcro, buckle, or slip on) You can graph their hair or eye colour and you can graph their preferences – they like apples not oranges, etc. etc.
I have a great unit on graphing in my store which you can find by clicking on my products link above. Below you will find a preview of what's inside.
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I created this product to stimulate the brain cells and get kids thinking about writing. And what’s better than writing about something fun that they have done.
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This activity is called Summer Snaps, short for Summer Snapshots. And what I ask the kids to do is create a camera as a fun motivational tool, and then imagine what they would have taken pictures of over the past summer. I want them to “take” lots of “photos” with their pretend camera.
Summer Snaps has 3 different types of cameras you can make. There’s a 3D paper camera which is totally adorable, but can be time consuming, especially for younger children. But it works great as a buddy project, or with slightly older students.
There are two other 2D cameras made from coloured paper. If you are really tight on time, they can even just colour a blackline master with a camera. After they make their camera its fun to let them go out on the playground and take pictures of themselves with their paper camera.
The second part of this activity involves brainstorming what their favourite activities of the past summer have been. They can draw little pictures in the circles on this worksheet. Younger children can simply draw and you can scribe their answers. Older children can write a sentence under their picture. And if you have time they can colour their worksheet as well like in the example below.
And finally get them to pick their favourite Summer Snap and draw it again on the larger worksheet. Then they can write descriptive sentences below it. Last year I just had the kids write sentences about several of their summer snaps (as in the photo above) but this year I am going to work on getting them to answer some probing questions.
1 Where did you go?
2 Who did you see?
3 What did you see?
4 What did you hear?
5 What did you smell?
6 Did you make any new friends?
7 What was the best part of your summer snap?
And so on…
Also included are a simple colouring and drawing activity which makes a great beginning of the year Bulletin Board, especially for younger students. You could pair it with a writing page for older students.
So if you are interested
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