Sunday, July 7, 2013

Procedures, Procedures, Procedures!

I remember during the first 5 years of my teaching career I dreaded the first week of school. Yes, I said the first 5 years! I knew what to do after I got started, but I just had trouble getting started. Luckily, I stumbled onto some great books by seasoned teachers that showed me what teaching procedures look like. As I started putting together this back to school unit, I thought back to what I've learned about teaching procedures. I have tons of back to school activities that I've collected over the years, and I'm sure you do to. But how do you use those activities to teach students your classroom procedures? That is what I considered when I put this packet together.
When you think about your favorite beginning of the year cooperative activity, consider using an anchor chart to show students what teamwork looks like and sounds like. Be explicit when teaching your procedures and routines. 
This back to school packet has everything you need to start your year off on the right foot. It includes 9 activities, 4 anchor charts, and a craftivity that makes for a great display. Click HERE to check it out.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Favorite Pins

First Grade Parade has come up with a great linky idea--Favorite Pins Friday.
Here are a few of my favorite pins from this week:
This pin comes from All Things Upper Elementary.  There you will find the idea of The English Police and it sounds like an amazing hook to get students excited about English.
Next we have this cute science craft from Doodle Craft. Kids use old tights and grass seeds to create these cute characters.

Finally, this pin is from Science for Kids. This post is so cool and I know my students will be fascinated to read about de-extinction. I've never heard of this and didn't even know it was possible. I can think of some cool writing prompts to go with this. This is a must read.