We are two days into the school year and I feel like we have covered so much and yet I am staring straight up at a steep mountain we have yet to climb in first grade!
It's so exciting to get to do all the new firsts with a brand new class, but we all know that being out of a consistent routine takes a LOT of extra effort! I'm currently sitting with feet up listening to calm soothing music trying to preserve my last ounces of energy!
Here's what we have been up to in room 119!
We began our day with the first page of the rise and shine. We did it together and only worked on the first page.
(I didn't take a picture of it our first day. This was from this morning as I was able to wander and give encouragement rather than direct teach)
Students were able to reference mine if they got stuck.
Activity from School Beginnings
We made a flow map with clip art to help us with the morning routine. This was so helpful on day two! Students were so cute walking up and checking the flow map to see what to do next!
We learned our first poem and added it to our new poem binders. This was cut up in the pocket chart.
We read it, found kinder sight words, mixed it up, put it back together, sang it, and then illustrated the poem. I don't have a poem unit or anything like that! It's just a hodge podge of poems that go with our words, spelling pattern, units of study etc. I didn't write them!
I introduced math workshop in the form of building stamina during exploration tub practice. This was my favorite time of the day! I was walking around listening to students and they were so excited to have some hands on fun!
Our exploration tubs
We had to focus on reading workshop too of course!
We practiced reading around the room and building our stamina!
Students also each shared a ME BAG of three items from home with the class. We have done a few each day to help fill in some of the extra time we have since we aren't trained on our full schedule quite yet! (not sure where this original idea came from)
Our first math mini-lesson was on letter formation. We practiced letter formation and then made our own set of digits 0-9 on sentence strips.
I know you are focusing on the enormous watermelon here and that is "bait" as students learned that we will be using this watermelon for science this week as we learn about what makes a scientist!
We will ask questions, predict, and experiment! Much like all the pumpkin fun we have in October. This watermelon is going to end up missing tomorrow and we will go on a watermelon hunt around the school ending in the principal's office! We also sang down by the bay and did rhyming activities! We will read The Enormous Watermelon and compare it to The Enormous Turnip. For math we will work on our counting skills with the seeds.
Also in the picture above is our All About Me Flip Up Book. This was a life saver today! We practiced turn and talk as we completed each page.
flip up book asks for a favorite color so it was the perfect way to integrate using our word wall too!
Finally, today we all practiced using a math journal together! This was the students' favorite of the day! They kept saying, "This is so fun Mrs. Tonsil!"
Can I please tell you about the tidy tub in the picture below?!?! What an awesome addition to our classroom! Place a tidy tub on each table and all the little scraps go right inside! Students do not have to get up, and the floor remains clean! This genius idea came from Nicole Alderson and I got these labels from Rachelle here.
The room is ready for another day! Tomorrow students will come in and begin all over again!