Sunday, September 1, 2013

Back to School Week

After a wonderful first day of school, I was all set for the rest of the week!

It was still HOT in our classroom... In fact-- on Thursday a fuse blew and the power went out on our side of the building.... which meant no air and no fans... so we went down to a Kindergarten room that did have air, and read to the kinders while they restored our power.

Here's how the rest of the week looked in Miss Woodward's Class...



We continued practicing Read to Self.  They are doing wonderfully with this!  They are also very honest when it comes to the check-ins between practices.



We discussed our "Hopes and Dreams" for the school year and for the future.  We wrote about what we hope to learn this year in third grade, and what we want to be when we grow up.  We displayed our Hopes and Dreams with a craft.  


How cute are these little hot air balloons?!  :)

I had a template for them to trace their balloon and basket.  I also printed out their first day of school pictures for them to cut out and put in the basket.


 When the fans are blowing, their little baskets sway back and forth as if they are really floating through the room!  :)


We also made some "post-it" posters.  I found this idea on another blog.  :)  I wrote a question on chart paper, and they used a sticky note to write their response.  I asked these questions:

-What do you hope to learn this year in third grade?
-What should kids in our class be doing to make things go as smoothly as possible this year?
-What will Miss Woodward need to do to help you this year?
-What will YOU need to do this year in order to be successful?
-School is important because _____.
-Our classroom should be _______ every day.


Some of their responses were kind of funny.  They thought our room should be calm every day, they asked for lots of homework, and thought kids should be nice to Miss Woodward and each other.  :)


This week, we also did a "Who am I?" book.  

They first wrote a page about themselves... leaving out their name.


Then, they wrote their name on the next page and drew a picture of themselves.  I can't wait to bind this into a classroom book to help kids get to know each other.  I also think this could work for kids as young as kinders.  :)




And finally, we decorated our book bins.  Read about our book bins here.  I found these book bins at Ikea in a package of five for $2.




It was quite a busy week!  Can't wait to start another one!

Until next time,
-Miss Woodward





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