A Peek into my First Week

Wow, a very busy week has come to an end and what a week it has been!  I have had a great week with my 19 lovely little first graders.  Today I gained another student, a lovely little girl which will be a great addition to my primarily boy class. 

We have spent so much time this week getting to know each other through various games and activities.  One highlight of this week would have to be the Find a Friend activity.  This was our first time using the clipboards.  Their eyes practically lit up when they got their sheets and clipped them to the clipboards.  They walked around asking friends if they liked something that was pictured on the sheet.  The best part was when one of the kids came up to me and shyly said “can I ask you a question?” and to that I replied “yes!”  The next thing I knew I was surrounding by kids and clipboards. Awesome!

Our week was filled with lots of Back to School themed books and lots and lots of talk about expectations.  That is so important with first graders!  Practice, practice, practice those routines and go over the expectations in Grade 1 as they are often different than Kindergarten.  Some of our favourites were Chrysanthemum, Never Ride your Elephant to School, First Day Jitters and a story called The Day the Monster Came to School from a great freebie on TPT.  I had full intention of taking some photos of some of our work from the week but since this blogging thing is all new to me, I forgot. 

Our math time was filled with some “get to know you” graphing and number review.  The students loved my newest read and write the room activity for reviewing numbers. They looked at each card and figured out the number that was missing and recorded it on their tracking sheet.  This was a bit challenging for some to the get the hang of, but for the most part, everyone figured it out and was thoroughly engaged the entire time.  Read around the room activities are a favourite of mine:  LEARNING + MOVING = ENGAGED KIDS.  Click on the picture below to check on the activity in my TPT store. 

I am looking forward to next week and introducing Bucket Filling, Behaviour Bingo and Stool Stars.  I hope to get some preliminary assessments started and get rolling with curriculum.  I hope that you had a great first week!

I am linking up with Erin from Mrs. Beattie's Classroom to share my Awesome from this week. 




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