Discussion in 'First Grade' started by MissTeach22, Jun 5, 2010.
Jun 5, 2010
I will be teaching 1st grade next year!
Anything that a 1st grade teacher shouldn't live without?!?
Welcome to first grade! You are going to LOVE It! I can't live without my chime, and Debbie Diller's Reading With Meaning. I also can't live without my set of small white boards and markers. I use them with the kids ALL the time!
Practice bending over to tie shoes....
I loved 1st grade! Taught it for 2 years. Would love to go back at some point!
Jun 6, 2010
Jenglish - already got that down from teaching K! haha
Fun pointers, wands, even fly swatters (lol) to "Read the Room"!
Welcome to Grade One! You will love it
Patience and a sense of humor!!!
Jun 9, 2010
First grade is so much fun. If you aren't supplied with a class set of mini markerboards and markers, that would be a purchase well-worth the money. Home Depot has big sheets of countertop type material that work great as markerboards. They will cut it for you if you ask. I buy a big package of small baby socks at the beginning of each year to use as erasers.
Jun 10, 2010
I agree with the whiteboards and fun pointers.
I would add band-aids, stickers, extra erasers and eraser caps, lots of good books for read-alouds... chapter series like Ready Freddy and also picture books like Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, Arthur, Froggy! My kids are OBSESSED with Froggy. Some good pocket charts. I have a Venn Diagram one that is fantastic! The math game Mancala was a HUGE success in my room this year, as well.
I LOVE Really Good Stuff nametags with the number grid, right/left, alphabet, number, shape/color reference. I get the teal ones.
It is a difficult question to answer. Much of what you need depends on your curriculum and what your classroom comes with already.
If you've already taught K, then you have a head start!
Thank you for all the wonderful tips! I know I will want mini whiteboards - I like the idea of using baby socks as erasers!
Jun 21, 2010
I am also going to be in 1st grade for the first time this Fall. I have taught 2nd grade for 4 years and am nervous about starting the year off in 1st grade. I'm sure I'll be fine, but they start so much lower than in 2nd grade that I have to adjust my thinking!
All these suggestions are great!
Teaching first grade is like having a robot army.
Except that the robots have all been to the pub and had a few too many pints.
Say goodbye to mini skirts or even skirts that come just above theknee...when you sit in a chair and the kids are on the floor at your feet, they can see right up your skirt.....
Jun 22, 2010
Oh- not sure if they do it in the upper grades, but first graders offer very honest criticism. "Do you have bed head?" or "You missed a spot on your toenail" are very likely to come out of their mouths... innocently.
For sure...I had a super-small little guy this year who leaned against me on the first day of school and innocently wrapped his arm up and around my leg...beneath my skirt! Last time I wore a skirt without tights this year!
I bought a few pairs of those spanx-like nylons with the legs cut off. I wear them under my skirts like little shorts-they are tight and kind of smooth me out, plus they look like biker shorts if your skirt gets lifted!
Lots and lots of books for your classroom library!
Welcome to First Grade!!! This will be my second year teaching first grade. I love teaching first grade and wouldn't want to teach any other grade.
I agree, you will need LOTS of bandaids, stickers, extra erasers and eraser caps. A bandaid will "heal" almost anything in first grade.
Jun 27, 2010
All of the above, listen & read book sets of 4-5, and hand sanitizer! (oh, and your own tissues that no one else uses!)