There’s nothing wrong with posting about your first week back half way through your third week, right? I mean every afternoon I get home I basically look like this….
Even though I am on like day 12 with my kids… not the first…
One of my favorite stories to read the first week back is “First Day Jitters”
If you’re not familiar with this story, I HIGHLY suggest you check it out! The surprise at the end always gets loads of giggles!
After reading (and making a prediction as to who is nervous and worried about their first day of school) the students wrote about how they felt coming to school that day.
We made this our first entry in our Reading Response Journals
I love walking around and seeing how students feel! It is also a perfect insight as to where students are in their writing development.Then, I gave each student a sticky note. They used the sticky note to graph their feelings on our “First Day Feelings” interactive anchor chart.
Although I forgot to snap a picture of our FULL chart ( I was hustlin’ folks!) , it turned out that most of my students were EXCITED about their first day back! This chart is part of my First Week of School Chart Pack FREEBIE.Once students finished their entries and shared it with a buddy, I passed out a cover for our notebooks and gave them a few minutes to color it.
We documented this information on our “Story Map” interactive anchor chart.
Then, it was time to ID the problem and solution presented. I passed out blue and yellow stickies and the students went back to the text to find the problem our character (David) had in the beginning of the story.
Problems on blue and solutions on yellow.
Later in the week, the students shared their adventures in triangle groups and practiced using the “2 Stars and a Wish” routine for their stories.
If you’re not familiar with this routine, after a student shares, the other students offer 2 items they liked or found interesting about what the student had written about (2 stars) and then ask question about what was written.
These brightly colored bird made a perfect display for our outside wall!
Now let’s move on to…
Do you have any “must do” activities for the first week of school?
To begin our discussion on how we get home at the end of the day, I love to read the book, “This is the Way We Go to School”.
Here’s another video reading of that book!
It’s the perfect discussion starter for how we’re getting home that day.
If there is any discrepancies, or if a student is unsure, I am able to contact the parent or guardian BEFORE the end of school. This saves so much of my sanity at the end of the day! #LIFESAVER!
This is the week we also started our Math Interactive Student Notebooks.
This “Numbers About Me” activity was the perfect first entry in our notebooks.
You can grab this activity here in my “Back to School Math Activities” Pack.
Towards the end of the week, I wanted my students to get in some more practice with workingin partners. We do so many activities in our room with a buddy, I really want to build those cooperation skills early on in the year.
In math, we’ve been learning about basic fact strategies. One of the games we played was SUPER easy and simple!