We are into our second week of school and over all it's been a great start!!!
My only complaint....not enough time or energy to get stuff done!!!!! Like blog, Pinterest, FB, Instagram, house stuff, more classroom stuff....lol. I'm sure it will all chill out soon....as soon as I get back into the routine!
Since I know there are some of you still not in school, I wanted to share a great beginning of the school year activity we did. Let me first start with, THIS WAS NOT MY IDEA....I have a new teammate this year and she is also my roommate!!!! Love having a neighbor to chat with, bounce things off of, share, plan...you get the idea:)
My only part in this plan was showing her these books:
I LOVE Maria Dismondy!!! If you don't know who that is, RUN to her website HERE and check her out. I have had the honor to be part of some of her blog tours and just love her books.....on her website, it says "Books that make a difference" and that can't be more true!
These books, and her others...we have read these and The Potato Chip Champ and Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, have been a great and fresh way to start off the new year:)
I love the traditional First Day Jitters, Miss Nelson is Missing, and more but by the time the kids get to me, they have usually heard them all. These, most had not so it was wonderful:)
My teamie's tied Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun to a great BOY activity:) An I Am collage. After doing the read aloud, we did 2 thinking maps on the 2 main characters and brainstormed words that described those characters. We also talked about why they felt the "mean" character acted the way he did. Then each of the students made their own circle map, filling it with words that describe them.
M teamie has seen projects like this and they were on canvas....that was a little costly, so we used cardstock and it worked great. The kids colored the cardstock....preferably covering the whole thing. Next the kiddos got to cut up magazines to make words that are on their circle maps that describe them....or their likes.....they could also use pics:) Some of the kids even brought in pics from home. Then they glued on their pics, letters, and words, with I AM at the top:)
Here are a couple close up:) The notecard on the bottom is a little letter they wrote to themselves as a kind of "pep" talk for their new school year. They are really precious:)
They look awesome hung in the hall:)
These would also be a great getting to know you....the kids can present them in front of the class and explain their words:) We didn't do that.....I have run out of time every day so far.....EEK! But we still may do it. They love reading them in the hall and are quite proud of their creations:)
I promise to get my act together and my schedule and my fam's schedule on track so I can blog more:) (and read blogs.....I miss that sooooo much but only get to read a few here and there)
New teamie also has a great idea that ties The Juice Box Bully and making our classroom mission statements. Will be blogging about that soon:)
If you haven't read these books, you really need to check them out:) If you have, I hope this activity is a fun new idea you can use:) Here are links to Maria: