First Week Fun!!!

Whew!!!  Our first week is done.....I am absolutely in love with my class but wowza am I exhausted!!!  I wanted to share a few of the things we did this week.....some things are done and some are still a work in
We did a few team building/getting to know you activities:)
Of course we had to Save Fred!!

I had the kids work in partners.  Each team gets a gummy worm (Fred), a gummy ring (life preserver), a cup (boat), and each student gets a paper clip.  Put the worm and ring under the cup.  They have to get the worm in the ring and back into the cup/boat right side up, without touching anything with their hands....they can use the paper clips only:)
The kids absolutely loved this activity!  Great teamwork fun!

We also did some puzzles (this activity was an idea from my FAB teammate...I will catch a pic of her sometime;) 

I grabbed these cute puzzles from Dollar Tree.  I got one puzzle for each team (my desks are in groups of 4 and 5)
It was so fun walking around and listening to their "game plan" as to how each team was going to get their puzzle together the fastest.  Some did the outside edges first...others picked "parts" and put them together.

I absolutely LOVE how this team finished their last piece!!!!  They all put it in together!!!!

Morning Math Meeting is in FULL SWING!  Trained on the first day and wow have they got it!!

You can hear a pin drop when they go to the carpet to work!  Makes this teacher's heart happy!

I have done several read alouds:)
Love these books by Maria Dismondy!  I use them every year.  Great for the beginning of the school year.
We have already started our reading response journals and I am already so impressed with what my kids are only week one:)
We have also been discussing sequence and summaries.  This book is hilarious and a great one to review sequence:)

Daily 5 is also in motion.  We had our "Just Right Book" lesson.

It is evident that most of these kiddos have been trained in Daily 5 before AND that they LOVE to read.....would you believe we hit 15 minutes stamina already?!?!?!?  I wouldn't either but it happened:)
So because of that we gave Daily 5 rotations a little try today and I was super impressed.  The ONLY thing we really need to work on is our transitions.....a little chatty but it's only week one and we are rolling on Daily 5 and Math Workshop so this teacher is happy:)
Some of the kids got to read with the hermit crab reading buddies during Read to Self:)

These past 2 days we started a wonderfully fun STEM activity from Smart Chick.  She has FAB STEM activities:)
LOVE this activity!  The kids really had fun learning about Morse code.  First we made a circle map with all different kinds of communication, past and present.  They really impressed me with all their responses.  Then they wrote their names in Morse Code and we are now working on beads that spell their name in Morse Code.

Pop by Smart Chick's shop and check out all her great activities:)

We have a few other projects in the making that I will share later.  It has been a tiring but wonderful week.  Hope you all have a great weekend:)  Pop back by Monday for Monday Made It:)


  1. I used the same exact puzzles for my
    Activity with my 4th graders & they had a really hard time completing the puzzles. It took about 45 minutes & then we had to move on. I wonder why it was so tough for them, I was thinking maybe 100 pieces is too hard, but I can see your class was able to do it.

  2. Great post--you and I do almost EXACTLY the same things the first week! We do puzzles too...and Save Fred...I do a few other "project-y" things too--but start literacy instruction the same way. I have NOT used Juice Box Bully...going to go throw a copy into my cart. I always read "The Recess Queen" as one of my first week books. Aren't fourth graders AWESOME?!?!

    1. The Juice Box Bully is an awesome book! I highly recommend it!

  3. I love your math meeting board!

    A Teaspoon of Teaching

  4. Hi Tara! Looks like your class has been busy! Love the team building activities--reminds me I need to throw some in next week too. I have only had two days with my kiddos and I am so impressed with them as well. This is the first time I've had a class coming in after doing Daily 5 and it makes a HUGE difference. I think we'll be rocking and rolling next week too.

    Teaching Little Miracles

  5. It looks like you had a great first week! 15 minutes of stamina in the first week is definitely impressive!

    Fit to be Fourth

  6. Sounds like you have a great group this year! I have a couple of HANDFULS!

  7. I'm planning to Save Fred and do puzzles too! I guess great minds think alike, cuz we both have the same green rug in our classrooms too :)

  8. I love the Save Fred activity. Did you set up the experiment for them or did they do it themselves? First day of school is Tuesday I think I am going to need to do this!

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  10. Tara, you have definitely been busy last week. I've got a great group as well this year. Isn't it wonderful when you can see the benefit from all the hard work last year's teacher put together? Love it!

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