Blogging about my plans for next year, has kept me motivated and excited for another school year! Here is a peak into the rest of the schedule for this blog series.
Make sure you are following. A little birdie told me that the giveaway in August is going to be BIG!!!
...start the year! And since I only have one more week of summer break, this is especially pertinent!
Let's first tackle open house. Pun is intended because I make my open house into a Kick Off Party!
It is the perfect way to start the year in our sports themed classroom!
When families come in, they will go to a series of centers that are marked with cones and signs.
At the first center, they will find their folder. Each student has a folder with their desk nameplate paper clipped to the front. I split the boys and girls into two different baskets just to make it easier for them to find their folder. I also have a basket for finished folders.
One side of the folder had papers for the parent to bring home and read at their convenience. The other side had the papers I needed filled out right away. These are emergency contact papers and info about allergies, etc.
The second station is where students will sort and drop their school supple that I requested. They receive a letter during summer break with this list. We encourage families to bring the supplies during open house. It gives me time to put them away and eliminates a tiny bit of the chaos on the first day.
Putting away the supplies can take forever, so I make sure to have a container for every type of supply. Then the students put the supplies in the appropriate containers. After open house, I put the lids on and store the containers on top of my cabinets.
The third center is a place where I request classroom volunteers and any extra wish list supplies.
And at the last center, they get to have a treat!
I had muffins and a watermelon that we carved to look like a football helmet. This center was a hit with all my new students.
This was last year's open house. I plan to run it very similar this year but I am considering making it paperless. I am not the most incredibly tech savvy person, so we will see if I can pull this off.
Now on to some fun first day/week of school activities:
On the first day of school, I use a lot of the activities from my First Day of School Sports Activities.
Find a teammate who... is a great way to get kiddos out of their seats and meeting their peers.
Another activity that I LOVE doing with my third graders is celebrating on the 3rd day of school! I like to use my 3rd Day of 3rd Grade Task Cards. We do a scoot for this activity.
Here is a peak at a few of the cards:
Half of the questions are get-to-know-you type questions and the other half review 2nd grade skills. This activity helps me get to know my students personally and academically.
I have a new activity to add to my back-to-school repertoire! I want my students to be able to make a scrapbook of their first day of school. I didn't want it to just be another packet of papers. I wanted it to be more special. So I made a Back To School Paper Bag Book!
Here is a sneak peak at a few of the pages inside:
I made End of Year Paper Bag books with my kids last year and they loved them. I bet these ones are a hit as well! While they are coloring and cutting, I can get any extra school supplies put away. And when they are writing, I can observe and learn a little about their writing skills. Win win!
Are you planning for the beginning of the year yet?