First Grade Teachers

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  1. teaching1st

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    Hello fellow first grade teachers~
    I was wondering how you start your first day with your first graders. I will be going into my second year of teaching in first grade but didn't experience the first day of school last year (I came a week late). So I am curious on what things you do and what type of activities you conduct. I am also wondering what you have the students do when they first come into the classroom. I keep having this dream that all my kids are coming into the class at once and parents are wanting to talk to me and the class gets out of control cause no one knows what to do when they come in. So......with that in mind...I'm wondering what do you have them do if you do have parents wanting to talk to you.
     
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    I'll repeat what others have said many times...get Harry and Rosemary Wong's book.
    This is my first year teaching first too. I've taught before, but never primary.

    I plan to meet the students at the door and ask them to take their backpack off and hang it in their cubby. I also plan to have something on their desk for them to do. I also plan to have the directions posted on the board--"good morning, please put your backpack away, find your desk and sit down."

    I will buy the supplies since the parents send money instead of them having to go buy everything themselves. Saves their time and also eliminates the "He's got better glue than me!"

    After they are all in their seats, we'll go over procedures and practice, practice, practice.
    Beyond that, I don't know.
     
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    It's going to be my first year teaching first grade too! I taught half a year in second grade. My first few days seemed to be on fast forward because I had no time to waste doing community building activities or I'd get behind in the curriculum. The class needed it though, so what we were able to do helped greatly.

    Anyway! I'm wondering what you have on the tables as the kids come in. They'll put their backpack away, put supplies in a crate on the floor and find their seat. Then what? Last year I did a word search for the second graders. But what would be appropriate for first grade? I was thinking a word search with kids names, but not all the kids will probably know how to do a word search.

    I do have a ton of ideas and books I want to use, I just have to pick and choose from those. I want to make sure I go slow and focus on procedures throughout the entire first day. Practicing a lot! Hopefully I can get it right at the beginning.
     
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    I am definitely going to use Harry Wong's book.
     
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    Years ago I taught a 1/2 split for the first time. My 2's came in and went right to their desks. The ones hung around me in the hall. I thought...oh my goodness, they have no idea what to do!!! So I learned from that. I have their names on hooks in the hall. I meet them outside in their line and tell them to wave goodbye to moms and dads. (this way you won't have parents wanting to talk to you). I show them where to put their backpacks. They come in and find their desks (names on desks). You have to keep in mind they have never had a desk before so they'll be excited about it. The first day is routine, routine and more routine! Last year I read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on the first day and they cut their name letters out of magazines and glued it onto a coconut tree. We establish classroom rules (try to make them a positive) and we ALL go to the washroom to review washroom procedures. First day Jitters is a good book to read as well. I take them out early for recess and show them bounderies. I also have an autograph sheet for them to find friends to sign it (ex. find someone who went swimming this summer). I am doing teddy bears for the first 2 weeks (then Franklin, then fall). I hope this helps.
     
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    How about putting a book on their desks to read (or just look at the pictures)? Last year I used back to school books, alphabet books, etc. I didn't want the students getting their supplies out until everyone was there, so I didn't have to keep explaining where to store them. I suppose it would depend on how long you expect the students to be in their seats. We had already had an open house, so I didn't have to talk to parents too much that morning.

    Miss Kirby-You are right- all of the students won't know how to do a wordsearch. When I first asked my students to complete one, I made an overhead transparency first to model the procedure.
     
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    I think Ill have a coloring page on their desks--maybe of their names in huge font or a handprint outline that they can decorate.

    Since I buy the supplies before school even starts, there will be crayons at their tables already.

    Any suggestions????
     
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    I always set out an a-b-c dot to dot. I set a pencil and crayons on each desk.

    There is always someone who cries. I have tried lots of things over the years but I have found that a colorful bandaide works the best. There is this whole process of opening a bandaide that takes their mind off of their anxiety. Then they can put it anywhere, on themselves, on their paper, on their desk, on mom (who by now is usually in tears too). Nothing takes care of the hurt like a bandaide, even when the hurt is emotional rather than physical.

    Most important! We really need to know how every child is going home on the first day. There is nothing worse than a panicked kid at the end of the first day who does not know their bus number. I send a letter home to parents before school starts asking for bus numbers and who is allowed to pick the child up etc.

    I love the first of school!
     
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    for bus or pick ups

    I'm going to made a die cut school bus necklace (a piece of yarn with the die cut on it) with the student's name and what bus number. I'm going to ask that the parents return it for a good week or so until the children know where their bus line is.

    That way any staff member who sees this child--if he/she is lost will know what bus line to put them in.

    I'm going to have the kiddos line up in the classroom with bus riders in front and pick-ups in the rear. I escort them down the hall and the bussers turn right and the pick-ups turn left.
     
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    dot to dot sounds good too1!!!
     
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    I had a cut out of a Tshirt on their desk & asked them to color something they did over the summer. After a little while we did intros, talked about rules,went on a tour of the school, gave them some more time to color & finish then we did kinda a show & tell with T's. I then hung them on bulletin board!!
     
  13. Mizz Lucy

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    Consider:
    Color visors to wear
    100 piece puzzles
    Manipulatives centers: divide the class into small groups. Allow the groups to 'play' with one type of manipulative. Rotate every 15-20 minutes. These centers help eliminate 'playing' later during instruction time.
     
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    That is so sweet with the band-aid idea. I really like that. Do you always buy colored band-aids for your class then? I know that last year my kids always asked for band-aids, even when they didn't have anything bleeding or no cut....and these were plain band-aids! I can only imagine if I had cool colored band-aids.
     
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    I like the idea of already having a book on their desk for them to browse. We are having our open house too before school starts, so hopefully that will eliminate the parents all wanting to ask questions. I even like the idea of having dot-to-dot on their desk. I want all of them to keep their supplies in their backpacks as well. Last year I did everyone for their own self; this year I think I will do community supplies.
     
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    I have done playdoh on their desks before for a first activity. Then, I just jump right in with our normal routine (as much as possible on the first day!) and incorporate learning the rules and procedures. I use lots of books and extension activities. I have used Chrysanthemum before and then do name activities. I also have done some kind of Bingo game--like ABC bingo or shapes or numbers, etc. And I like the idea of getting the manipulatives out and letting them experiment with those, so I think I will do that this year. I have been out of the classroom four 4 years so I kind of feel like I am starting all over again! I love the ideas I've seen here! :)
     
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    Our 1st day is a 1/2 day. I have an easy coloring sheet on desks to start. I give a short intro and then let them organize their supplies. I give a classroom tour. Whatever you do, don't make them sit in one place too long. Take an early bathroom break and lots of story breaks. Plan to move from the desks(tables) to the story area frequently and even take a school tour if you like. I have a 1st grade survival kit (treat bag) to send home with them too. I will take a look at my plans from last year soon and let you know what else we did. I remember feeling how you feel. I like Harry Wong's book but it was not enough to get me started. I needed actual activities to do.
     
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    I did my ST in 1st grade and what my cooperating teacher did was have them decorate the name cards she would be using when she needed to pull a name for an activity.
     
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    I did this as well...I safety pinned it to them the first day & asked that the parents/whomever they go home to pin it to their backpack for the rest of the week!!! Worked well. I even had some keep them on their backpack for quite a while...which was fine.

    I also made a list for the classroom because our buses are animal names and I had a list kept in a ziplock baggie for myself & if I had subs!!!
     
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    We put tri pod name tags on each desk. (first including fourth) Tape down with wide clear tape. They keep pencils in the tri pod and aren't always looking in their desk for a pencil. They last all year. If a student is messing with the tri pod and destroying it, quickly give all the other students a couple M&Ms. You get their attention quickly "Why didn't I get a treat" It only takes a couple times. A can of play dough on each desk is something they all enjoy. Keep a box of Kleenix by the door. One for mom and one for the student.

    We read Kissing Hand and do activities that go with it. They always enjoy making Chester the Raccoon paper sack puppet.

    We read The Gingerbread Man and go looking for him as we tour the buildings. We find the restrooms, lunch room, nurses office, gym, music room, art room and etc. We go to recess and a Gingerbread Cookie is on each desk waiting to be decorated. Canned frosting, an ice cream stick to spread the frosting, some raisins for eyes and cherry chips for buttons. --If you can't have food, you could use poster paper and decorate with colored construction paper.

    Practice lining up over and over. Please put your chair under your desk, pick up the floor around your desk and line up when I point at you. Or when everyone in your row or table is ready. If a chair isn't in or messy, they go back and try again.

    Hall no talking. If we talk we go back and sit down and try again. Next time we have to go back and lay our heads on our desk for a few seconds, just until everybody puts their heads on their desk.

    Count One, Two, Three Look at me. Everybody stops where they are and looks at me.

    Whisper to get attention.
     
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    I forgot to mention earlier that I have a "TEAR CAN". I use this when someone is upset(Mainly during the first few weeks of school). I tell the children that they have to hold my can to catch their tears and then I water my plants with it. Makes them concentrate on something else besides mom or dad leaving and the tears stop soon enough.
     
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    Wow! There are a lot of great ideas here! I am going to have my class draw self portraits and display them in the room. I will also take them on a school tour and show them important places in our school.
     
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    All our elementary is the same. We have tri-pod name tags in the right hand corner of their desk. Students keep their pencils in the tri-pod. This keeps students from always getting in their desk to find a pencil. We laminate the tri-pods, put first names on the front and back. They last all year.

    Supplies: We have individual supplies. We also have community supplies. If someone doesn't have a pencil, scissors, glue, colors, and etc. they go to the community supply tub and borrow from my supply. I buy lots during the first of the year sales. I dump fifteen boxes of colors in the tub to start the year and add during the year. I put 20 give or take sharpened pencils in a can. I have more in the cupboard, sharpened and ready to use. I give everybody a new pencil during testing. I give everybody a pencil for their birthday, it stays at scool to use. It takes lots of pencils and glue.
     
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    Hey Great Ideas!!! I also do the abc dot to dot and coloring sheet (both so the child can choose-lower level option and little higher) then that way the child who works slower has an option as with the child works faster who has the option of more to do. Then I start with my rules on a color sheet that is pre drawn... we go over each rule, model ,practice, and role play over and over in different ways!!! Tour of the school... Lunch routine... Oh yeah and to keep those parents in and out I have them fill out the students "way I get home" card including sis and bros at the school. Also stress the importance of 1st grade independence... crying is normal on the first day :)
    I have the students put their Book bag on the back of their chair and use my supplies the first part of the morning...be sure all things are labeled before they take all things out. Be firm about everything you do in the beginning and you won't have many problems. CONSISTANCY is important... I have discipline down I just need help with MY CENTERS!!!!!
     
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    Where do you get the tri-pods at or do you make them?
     
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    You use double name tags. They have a fold on the top. Write name on the front and back. Make them stand up on the desk and use wide clear tape, put half the tape on the tag and half on the desk. Do the same to the front side and again on the back side. The third side is the desk top. Put the tags in the upper right hand corner of the desk. Laminate the tags to make them last the whole year. If a student starts to mess with them quickly give all the other students a couple pieces of M&Ms you'll get their attention quick. I didn't get any. "Oh, I'm sorry but you weren't following directions" Give them tape to repair the tear.
     
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    i would do what others suggested about an easy worksheet, etc. i would not necessarily write directions on the board since some kiddos may not be able to read the directions. Then you would have kids coming up to you for directions while you are doing many other things. Absolutely something self-explanitory!
     
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    In the past I have always used the story The Kissing Hand (hand w/ heart sticker activity, mini books, certificate to take home)...we go over procedures/how we do things...I always show pictures of myself, my family and talk about my interests (so they get to know me) and then we do an activity where they tell me about themselves (take some M&Ms/Skittles/etc.--the number taken is how many things you have to tell us about yourself)... Also, the first week of school we do a getting to know you bracelet (on my listgroup someone posted they do necklaces) where there are a series of questions and based on your response it determines how many of each colored bead you put on your bracelet)--you need at least 2 sets of hands in the room when you make these!
     
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    That is an excellent site for new and veteran teachers alike. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.
     
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    Two Frogs,
    I am very interested in learning more about the getting to know you bracelets. What kinds of materials do you use? Also, what kinds of questions do you have them answer? Thank you!!
     
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    I'm curious too.
     
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    I'm going to start on the first day by talking about the rules and why we need them. Then, take them on a tour of the school to find the computer lab, the PE room, the music room, the playground, the lunchroom, etc. Then we're going to read a book called "Today Was A Terrible Day" and do an "I Can _____" activity. After that, they're going to do a Getting to know you scavenger hunt, and play a "Catch the Name" Game (throw a ball and they have to say their name and the person who threw the ball to them). Then, we're going to read Chrysanthemum and do a graphing activity. Then another getting to know you activity (they'll have to "interview" their partner, after 5 minutes, they'll tell the class about their partner).
     
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    I'm a floater!!! 1st day ideas

    I've moved to a new school and taught 1st grade two years ago last year I taught 2nd now back to 1st for this coming year.

    Usually I start with a coloring sheet or I have some story paper that I have them draw and share what they did over the summer.

    I have also written their name on penmanship paper and had them write it on the front page. This gives me an idea of where they are at with handwriting and it allows me to see if they are holding their pencil correctly.

    As far as bus riders, I write their number on their hand so they can look at their hand and it's easy for the teachers to see on bus duty too.
     
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    GETTING TO KNOW YOU NECKLACE OR BRACKLET GLYPH

    The chart below tells you what each color bead means. Read the chart carefully and choose your beads.

    RED – if you are a girl
    BLUE – if you are a boy
    ORANGE – how many sisters you have
    GREEN – how many brothers you have
    WHITE – how many pets you have
    BLACK – how many different elementary schools you have attended
    YELLOW – if you like reading (0=don’t like, 1=a little, 2=a lot)
    PURPLE – if you like math (0=don’t like, 1=a little, 2=a lot)
    SPORTS ~ pick 1 bead to show which sport you like the best
    SMILEY FACES – if you like third grade (0=don’t like, 1=a little, 2=a lot)

    * Once they have their beads and get their initials. You put the end on it.


    Fill out the questions below. Just look at other students’ necklaces to find your answers!

    1. Name one person who has the same number of sisters as you: ______________
    2. Name one person who has the same number of brothers as you:____________
    3. Name one person who has more pets than you do: _________________________
    4. Find two people who have gone to more than one elementary school:
    ___________________________ _____________________________
    5. Find one person who likes reading the same as you do:_____________________
    6. Find one person who likes math less than you do: _________________________
    7. How many people in your group like third grade a lot? ________
    8. How many people in your group have pets? ________
    9. How many people in your group like reading and math a lot? ________
    10. How many people in your group have only gone to one elementary school? __
    11. Write your own question! _______________________________________________
    __________________________________________________ Answer: _________________
    Getting to know you necklace or bracklet - DIRECTIONS

    1. I buy the beads (colored, sports, and smiley faces), string
    (black stretchy cord), and clasps in the craft section of
    Wal-Mart.
    2. Before the day of the activity, cut the cord and
    attach the clasp to one end. Make sure you make it the right length
    for your kiddos!
    3. Copy the paper and fold it in 1/2 below the smiley faces. Let
    the kids choose their beads using the chart. They get a cord,
    arrange the beads in a pattern of their choice, and bring it to you
    to attach the other end of the clasp. It's very helpful to have
    another adult or two to help you tie! I usually don't have
    help, so I plan the activity so that I can tie the necklaces or bracklets while they are in specials or at lunch and then we continue the activity later...
    4. When everyone has a necklace or bracklet the kids should all put them on.
    Then they flip their papers over and go around the room answering
    the questions by looking at everyone else's necklaces or bracklets.
    5. Helpful tip --> Tell the kids that they will probably want to
    wear them again, especially at the end of the year. (For some
    reason they always do...although some will wear theirs throughout
    the year). Anyway, I always tell them to find a safe place to hang
    it at home so they won't lose it.
     
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    I have name tags that I put in baggies with a few stickers. When the child comes in the room they find their desk and open their baggie and decorate their name tag while other students are arriving. The first day is always so busy. *Canada friend- - I like your idea of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" (that is one of my favorites) Do you have a reproducible of the coconut tree that you use?
     
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    Basically what "hescollin" has described above...I modify it to fit my kids and their backgrounds...I have made a word document or PDF of it (need to find it before school begins) to accompany the activity...so that parents know what the bracelets mean when they take them home. The kids have fun making it and it is a good ice-breaker/discussion piece...the kids forget about being in a room with other kids that they do not know yet.
     
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    Mama P...go to the Virtual Vine and check out their page for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom...lots of great ideas with some pictures included...lots of links at the bottom of the page too! (I'd post the link but since I am "new" to this forum stuff I am not allowed to do so yet!)
     
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    Good way to be polite

    I was just thinking about the bead activity and I just thought of a little twist that might be interesting. I have my desks arranged in groups... I wonder if I could have the children go around to pick up their beads from other tables... but the catch is they need to use polite words. Asking the persons name then asking "May I have 2 orange beads from your basket?" That way they could learn their classmates names and start the year off in a polite fashion... Any Ideas?:confused: :cool:
     
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    First day schedule

    Here's my first day schedule :) I tried to reduce it's font.
    Week 1 Schedule
    Monday
    7:50-8:15 --- Greet and Meet
    1. Welcome, 3 H’s
    2. Students put book bags and coats away and sit down
    3. Students Work on the Packet at their desks (each completed page gets a sticker); students will then decorate their name tags.
    4. Model Morning Transition Song- Good Morning
    8:15-8:45 --- Coming into the Classroom
    1. Welcome, introduce myself
    2. Have students practice and rate themselves with thumbs up/down
    3. Practice coming into the room in the morning (rate)
    a. Say good morning, give one of the “3 H’s”
    b. Take homework folder and any books from bag and put book and jacket into your cubby spot
    c. Put away homework folder in bin
    d. Grab Morning Journal, Sit down, and Start morning work**
    4. Explain pencil system
    a. Each table has pencils in a can (8)
    b. Use only pencils in the can
    c. At the end of the day, the pencil patrol will collect the pencil cans
    d. The pencil sharpener manager will sharpen all the pencils and pencil patrol will return cans to baskets
    5. Explain and Practice morning transition routine (Good Morning Song, RTLP, Class Pledge)
    6. Introduce Paper Manager
    8:45-9:15 --- Explain calendar time, appropriate carpet behavior
    1. Practice going back and forth between chairs and carpet (tape spots on carpet)
    2. **Introduce Kernel Jar for numbers left when counting down from 10; rewards manager
    3. Brief calendar time, calendar helper (date, introduce Months Song, Count to 20; tens/ones)
    4. 5 sight words (a, the, like, go, I) – Use them in sentences
    9:15-9:45 --- Line/Hallway behavior
    1. Move from carpet to chairs
    2. Standing from chairs (1-push out, 2-stand up, 3-go behind, 4-push in)
    3. ABC order (say later, we’ll time it)
    4. Standing “at attention” fold arms
    5. Sing the line song (“Everywhere we go…”)
    6. Practice Walking in the Hallway
    9:45 – 10:00 --- Restroom Behavior and use
    1. Restroom managers
    2. Model and act out moving into and out of the restroom
    3. Model hand washing and drying
    4. Use Restroom
    10:00 – 10:40 --- Rules and Consequences
    1. Come to Carpet
    2. Discuss: Why do we need rules? {on chart paper} What rules do you have at home
    3. Introduce our classroom rules and consequences, flip chart (practice flipping colors)
    4. Read aloud – “David Goes to School”
    5. Make a list of all things David did that were inappropriate
    6. “Which rule would he have been breaking in our classroom?”
    7. Students will draw a page for a book showing David following one of the rules he broke (give criteria)
    8. Begin sight word assessment while students draw (move from student to student)
    10:40-10:50 --- Cafeteria behavior
    1. Model walking into cafeteria and getting tray – Cafeteria Manager
    2. Using “Thank you” and “Please”
    3. Practice how to use napkins
    4. Asking and practice throwing trash away
    5. Practice acting this out
    11:00 – 11:30 --- Lunch
    11:30-12:00 --- Silent Time/Restroom Break
    1. explain Silent Time (reading or putting head down)
    2. restroom break
    12:00 – 12:30 --- Goals for the year
    1. Give goals for reading (220 sight words, phonics skills, 2 years in reading, math goals)
    2. Introduce “Reading Rainbow” “Word Tree” and hang up in the classroom
    3. Introduce the Tracking Folders (reading, math, phonics, language arts)
    4. Students create suns for “Feelin’ Hot” – Paper plates and crayons
    12:30 – 12:45 --- Take writing sample
    1. Students will write about what they like to do
    12:45-1:15 --- Practice walking in a line; Use Restroom
    1:15- 1:45 --- Community Meeting
    1. Explain community meeting
    2. Teach giving compliments
    3. Practice giving compliments to A) Class Plant, B) To each other
    1:45 – 2:00 --- Dismissal Preparations
    1. Model dismissal preparation (cleaning up and going to seat, RLTP)
    2. Getting homework folder and bookbag
    3. Assign homework for the next day and put in homework folder
    4. Reminder about entering the classroom the next day
    5. Exit ticket (student will draw a picture about one thing they learned today and write a sentence)

    ***EXTRA TIME:
    - Read Franklin Goes to School
    - Play Name Game
    ***Books Needed: David Goes to School; Franklin Goes to School
    Greeting SongHickety Tickety Bumble BeeCan you say your name for me? AaliyahWhat sound does Aaliyah start with? ah, ah, ah What letter makes the “ah” sound? AA makes the “ah” sound
    ***Songs to know:
    Everywhere We GoEverywhere we go (echo)People Wanna Know (echo)Who we are (echo)We are the Star Squad (echo)Star Squad (echo)

    Good Morning, Good MorningGood Morning, Good MorningGood Morning to youGood Morning, Dear Children And how do you do.

    Months of The Year (tune of “Three Blind Mice”January, February, March, April, May, June. July, August, September, October, November, December. These are the twelve months of the year. Now sing them together so we can all hear. How many months are there in a year? Twelve months in a year.


    -Writing Sample Completed Today
     
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    Aug 3, 2006

    I am a new teacher this year, THANKS for all the ideas.
     

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