Thanks to Hope at 2nd Grade Shenanigans and her "Bright New Year" tags, my kiddos started their day off with this on their desks.
They LOVED the glow sticks. They were bracelets. They also got my New Year bookmark that I made. It's a freebie on my Teachers Notebook. You can get it HERE.
I introduced the Math Packs. (read about them HERE) They are too excited about this new addition to homework. Tomorrow I am sending home a quick little letter giving parents a heads up about the Math Packs and how we will be starting them on Monday. I also introduced one of the 2 games. I will do this weekly. Here are some pics of the finished (manipulatives included) packs:D
I am storing the bags in this tub. Each morning when the students come in they will put them here. Then during lunch, I will have time to check and make sure they have all the pieces and are ready for the next group.
We also had time for a snowball fight:) Since it doesn't snow in Florida (although I am pretty sure it came close this morning when my thermometer said 28!!!!) They kids each wrote 3 things about themselves and wadded up their paper. Then we had a snowball fight.
If you look super close....you can see all the "balls" flying. They had too much fun with this....after about 1 minute, they all grabbed a ball and went back to their desks and took turns reading them and trying to figure out who the snowball belonged to. This is a great getting to know you activity for the beginning of the school year but also a fun refresher after a break. Plus I got a new student today so it was good for her to learn about her classmates.
With the Florida writing test quickly approaching we are working hard and polishing and working and polishing. Today was a descriptive writing mini lesson. We chatted about how using our 5 senses helps make our writing so much better. We brainstormed some words for each of the 5 senses and then made an anchor chart to reference.
Overall, really good day...although I am whooped! Prob from being a lazy daisy all Christmas break....Oh well.
I've added some new word sorts to my Teacher Notebook and would love for you to check them out:D We are adding them to our word work tomorrow.
Happy Hump day all!!!