Friday, August 23, 2013

Five for Friday - Back to School Thoughts and Activities

Oh my gosh!
I'm so tired!
You would never guess that we
only had 3 days of school.
At least it's Friday,
so I can share my
1.  We started school and I really missed my two girls.
I'm glad I have the weekend to spend some time with them.
2.  I found a fun idea on Pinterest
and used it during one of our first math lessons.
The kids created some "Math About Me."

They filled in the sheet with math
that was all about them.
Of course we did brainstorm some ideas
 beforehand and I also shared a few examples.
I used it as a bit of an assessment so I had some
idea of ability levels.
For each question, they could give their answer
as a number or an equation.
Example: How many people are in your family?
They could answer 4 or write an equation
that equaled 4.  2X2, 4+0, 2+2, etc.
They really did a nice job on this activity.

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3.  Speaking of Pinterest, have you checked out
the new teacher boards?
If you haven't, be sure to click here and start following!
I've found so many great ideas.
I love the boards because people are not sharing products,
but ideas only!
4.  Transition Idea
I call it, "When I Say..."
I tell the kids,
"When I say hippopotamus, go and get in line."
Then I say words such as
The first time I do this,
all the kids start moving with the first word I say.
They quickly learn that they have to listen.
You can use any word.
I like trying to think of funny words.
5.  Look at this cute gift
a student gave me on the first day.
Yes, those are all Dum Dum suckers.
I would like to share them
and eat a few, but it looks so cute!
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  1. I love the dum dum tree! My girls would love it! Tired seems to be the name of the game! We had a full week and my body is feeling it! I need a whole week off just to recoup! Have a great weekend!


    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  2. Haha, I just started my post in the same way! And I didn't even have students this week. The lollipop tree is super cute! And I'm so excited to find another new third grade friend!
    One Happy Teacher

  3. Great transitions idea!! And I love your dumdum tree, too. :-) My daughters are starting pre-K and 1st in a couple weeks - I may have to do some pinterest hunting to find a cute teacher gift.

    From Mrs. Allen’s Teaching Files

  4. Love the "Math About Me" page. Looks like a fun one for the first week of school and as you said a great way to kind of assess their thinking as well! Thanks for sharing :)!

    The Second Grade Superkids

  5. I love the Math About Me page and pinned it to Pinterest so I'd remember to use that idea. I think I can even adapt it as a small group lesson for preschool. Thanks for sharing!

    Tacky the Teacher