We’ve also been working on building our classroom community. I’ve always found the more time I spend on this at the beginning of the year, the less I have to worry about it when curriculum really heats up, so I pretty much dedicated this week to learn how to be a good classroom citizen!
We started by discussing Mrs. Langton’s classroom expectations and the rewards and consequences for making good and not so good choices.
Once we knew what the classroom expectations were, we got to work on how this looks (and sounds!) in our classroom!
First up, using kind words. I love this demonstration using toothpaste. To do this, you just need a travel size tube of toothpaste (enough for small groups) toothpicks and paper plates. I gave each group one tube of toothpaste and each student a toothpick. I instructed the groups to completely empty the toothpaste tube onto their paper plate. Once I made sure each tube was good and empty, I had the students work as a team to put as much of the toothpaste BACK IN the tube using only the toothpicks.
(Oh! Be sure to download the preview on these! There *may be* a little something-something in there!)
I love using center activities in whole group first! Such a great way to teach the procedure for using the activity before they use it in centers!
This is part of my “How’s My Day” Classroom Management pack.
At the end of the sheet, students had to share which classroom expectation they think is the most important and why.
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