This a day-in-the-life video about our two unit writing days over the summer. 🙂
The first day of school is upon us – for me it is officially August 7th! I am both excited and nervous as I always am for the first days of school. I am anxious that I won’t be firm enough on the first day of school (because I have had years like that in the past) and then my whole year is ruined – not really, but it feels that way.
So, what am I going to do to set the stage?
At our school, the very first day is already prescribed for us. In all academic classes, we read through a section of the handbook. ALL. DAY. LONG. – It is one of the necessary parts of teaching. Especially because I have 6th Grade. In order to break up the monotony, I try to plan a light-hearted activity. In the past, I have played two truths and a lie, but this year I think I am going to try something new.
I am going to try an investigative challenge. Students will have to gather clues from items around my room to decide what type of teacher I am. I found this idea on Pinterest – which then lead me to TpT and teacher-author: Write With Ms. G. I am excited to try this out with my students and I will update you with how it works.
As I was perusing her store I also found a set of back to school stations. Stations are a large part of my teaching. I use a lot of Kesler station labs and others that I create myself. I thought this set of stations would be a good way to train my students how stations work, while getting them to look through the syllabus, etc.
What are your plans for the first day or week of school? Let me know in the comments below!
In the past, I have been dependent upon pacing guides and curriculum maps. I knew the units of study at the beginning of the year. Then, I just planned week by week using that as my guide. However, what I found was that I would spend too much time on some topics and gloss over others.
This year I wanted to intentional about long-range planning. So, I looked at each standard and came up with the main topics. Sort of the top five or so for each standard. my plan is to spend one week on each main topic. I am hoping this will help me not to rush through things and also with retention of information.
I’ll give you updates about how my planning is working out as the year progresses. How do you long range plan?
I had this idea to make huge posters for each of my classes and then have them decorate/design them using concepts we learned in science. The idea included using old magazines and markers to add to the posters.
Unfortunately, I was not able to make this a reality this year, but I wanted to share with any of you who may want to use it.
If your school has a poster maker you can use this to make a large poster for each class or even one for each student to reflect on the year.
Can I just say that I love field day at my school! It is exhausting and I am super tired when I get home – but we have a ton of fun.
We have houses at my school and we team up for field day with a partner house. So, all day field day we are on either the red or the blue team. Then we travel to stations together and compete in water events, volleyball, track and field, soccer and kickball. At the end of the day, the points are tallied up and we competed in relay races to determine the winner of field day!
This year was even better because my team – Moedige/Shauku WON!! 🙂 What are your field day traditions?
When it comes to writing in science, sometimes my students get confused or don’t know where to begin. I like to give them a tool to use in the beginning to help them form sentences. It is a simple page with sentence starters to help them form good/complete sentences.
I introduce them to the starters and explain some of the terminologies. I then give them some simple practice questions to try. As the year progresses this is a tool they can use whenever we have a written assignment. It is nice because I don’t have to constantly formulate ideas and I can point them back to this as a tool.
What tools do you use for writing in science?
Whenever I first present the idea of creating questions to students they are most of the time apprehensive. We go over the question words (who, what, when, where, why and how). We also talk about what makes a good question.
I also provide them with the following tool – Discussion Question Stems. Feel free to print it to use with your students!