September 5, 2014

Five for {B2S} Friday!

I've officially been back to school for 2 weeks now.
Procedures are in place, routines being established...we are ready to rock!
Here's a peek at how busy we have been.

After learning about the school and classroom rules, we take the ones that mean the most to us and turn them into a classroom promise. Each child signs their name at the bottom signifying they "promise" to do all the things listed in the promise.

 During the first week we spend time talking about our names. It just so happens we were reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (and watching the video numerous times) so we found the letters of our names in magazines and made our own rip art chicka tree!

I introduced writers workshop the second week of school. We always start off brainstorming and recording some of our favorite things and memories in a heart map. They will keep this all year long to refer to when they need help thinking of an idea to write about. 

In science we began talking about matter and how to classify it based on different properties.
Students completed an activity where they had to classify a bag of objects by using the properties we discussed and recorded on our class anchor chart. 

One of the first steps of Daily 5 is to teach the 3 ways to read a book. 
We practiced the 3rd way, retelling, using bag puppets we made to go along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

This year is off to a great start! 
Can't wait to see their little minds grow as the months pass by.


  1. Fun! I really adore your heart map idea for writing. I often hear students say, "I don't know what to write about." That's a nice visual reminder for them. Have a great weekend!
    Literacy Loving Gals

  2. LOVE using the heart map. It works so well for all grade levels I think. I used it every year for my firsties and seconds.

  3. I love the heart map. I wrote about it in one of my blog posts. So often I hear students say they don't know what to write about. This is the perfect solution!


  4. LOVE those Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees!! So fun for playing with names!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies