I am making my schedule now for the first week. It's hilarious... I've used the same first day schedule (almost) for the past three years, and I don't have it available at this time. I have put most everything together, but what do you do outside of procedures that keeps the fourth graders interested?? I have a VERY social class this year once again from what I've gathered, which is fine with me, but I want them to enjoy the activities they are completing... :woot:

I have the kids make a ball out of triangles. I got it out of a Mailbox magazine years ago and the kids love it. They each get 20 circles with a triangle marked on it. They cut out the circles, fold on the lines, then add the answers to my 20 questions on the triangle. (What is your favorite TV show, how many people in your family, etc.) We then staple the triangles together, add a string, and hang them. We have open house the evening of the first day back, so my room already has student work up! Then the kids begin their partner interviews. Our kids have mostly been together since Kinder, so they know each other pretty well. I have them "dig" for things the rest of the class may not know. Then they write a paragraph or two telling about their partner. I snap photos of each partner group as they are working. By the end of the week, I have a great disply of writing and photos for the hall. (Plus I get to see some beginning of the year writing that first week.) I also do a lot of reading aloud the first week. And lots of testing to see where the kiddos are.

I found the file, but this helps. Thank you for your answers!! I will post mine for everyone to see soon. I hope it's sufficient.

The first 3 days in my class will be mostly getting to know one another and the classroom. I am going to start heavy on literacy and using the classroom library. Day 1- Procedures most of the day... We will only begin reader's workshop. I will start the read aoud and we will also spend quite a lot of time exploring the classroom library and talking about SSR, choosing books, etc. The big afternoon task will be divvying (sp?) up the classroom jobs fairly and setting up our procedures for that. Homework Day 1- (yes I am mean!) bring a book from home that you read recently, or are currently reading. Day 2- More procedures. The kids will help label the book baskets by genre, and make the labels and we will graph the genres of the books they brought from home. We will begin some math using the graphs (beginning to look at fractions, decimals and percents, which we will come back to later in the year in a full unit. The beginning of the year will have lots of graphing where we will begin to use these skills.) The rest of the day is more procedures. Homework- writing assignment: What are your favorite types of books, or genres to read? Day 3- Hmmm... haven't planned that far yet! I will probably have them paint or decoupage picture frames. We will take their pictures and put them up on the wall. (I buy wooden frames at IKEA, I think they are 3/$2) I really want to establish CLEAR expectations and guidelines for procedures. I cut down on this last year, and it made things harder in the middle of the year. Luckily, I am not on a strict timeline for curriculum. Some schools have to start everything on day 1. I will probably begin more curriculum (writer's workshop, science and word study) the next week. By the way, I know you do Newspaper... one of my focuses this year will be current events. I think I am going to have the students interview each other and write a short newspaper article about the other person. I will make some sort of cute template for this and a bb that says something like, In the News, or similar. We will go over the basics of writing an article. It will include a photo. I will probably start this on day 4 (Monday.) They will do interviews, etc. I will see how this goes. It's a new one for me. Usually I have them write a biography of the other person. This will be our first writing assignment, and probably take 2 weeks. It will be our model for the editing and revision process and the procedures for writer's workshop.

Good to remember. Only 6 out of 20 kids have been together since kindergarten, yet several more came in first and second grade. I think at least 12-14 have known one another since second grade.

On Orientation Day (2 hours) we will go over the 4th Grade booklet with all the rules, expectations, etc. Homework that night will be to reread the materials with their families. On Wednesday (1st full day) we will set up desks, binders, etc. That will take about 90 minutes. After recess we will start with Language Arts lessons (vocabulary first, since it takes the longest), and get started on a reading lesson. We'll do some introductory geography after lunch, and then I send them to specialists for the remainder of the day. Homework on Wednesday will be to finish the vocabulary definitions. We'll add elements every day; I hope to have a full schedule going by Tuesday of the next week.

Our 4th grade team had to plan a WOW! lesson before the 1st day. This is what we came up with...Each class had their own color. We used the die cut machine to cut out a tangram for each child. Then we placed the seven pieces in 7 different baggies. (22 of the same pieces in each bag). Each teacher taped their bags on the walls in front of any places we wanted our kids to get to know (ex. The other 4th grade rooms, our book buddies room, the media center, the clinic, etc.). On the board I made a list: 1. Mrs. Blank's room (book buddy), 2. Media Center, 3. Etc...until I had listed all of the rooms where the pieces were. Then each child was given a math word problem worksheet. The students had to do one problem at a time. When they finished a problem, they showed me their answer. If it was correct they went to the listed room and brought back their tangram piece. They did this until they had all 7 pieces. When they had all pieces, they had to form a square with their pieces. Once they showed me their square, they were allowed to make any other design or shape using the pieces and their crayons. They glued these on to a piece of construction paper and we hung them in the hall. They LOVED it!!!!

That's a cool idea. I like the tangram thing. I wish we had a die cut machine to make those. I have to go to a store and do it, and I doubt they have tangrams!

goopp: I LOVE that idea!! My first day will be heavy on procedures, but we will also start Reading, Writing, and Math workshop because the first day of those workshops are heavy on procedures as well. During Writing workshop they will complete a writing sample on what they would do if they were principal for a day. During Math workshop they will cut a piece of string to see how tall they are, and make a cut out of their foot (we will save these and repeat at the end of the year.) We will make a bar graph of class heights. Day 2, we will play jeopardy to review procedures from day 1, as well as review an practice, and we will start science workshop as well (I have tons of easy science experiments planned for the first week in case we don't have time to get to them because of procedures--I will start regular science curriculum week 2). By the end of the first week, we will have had our first math test and reading and writing workshop will be going strong. I start social studies and word study the second week so I have plenty of time for procedures during week one.

I did an activity where the students created a graph in excel. The first column they typed the following items; Number of brothers and sisters, age, how many homes lived in, number of pets, number of books read (I would not let them list more than 10 because it threw the graph to high, and number of video games played. In the next column the students typed the number that corresponded with the subject Number of pets 2 Number of Brothers and Sisters 3 Times Moved 1 Books Read this summer 8 We then inserted a graph and modified the text. I have one computer for every two students in my class and it was a great opportunity to teach them how to follow directions on the computers and learn troubleshooting. I knew it would take awhile and I didn't want to wait until we were in full swing with the school year to get through these first hurdles. The students loved it. This was a fourth grade class, I don't think I would try it with a younger group.

You've got some really great ideas. Can you explain how Jeopardy will be played with your procedures when you get a chance. Thank you.

I do the same on Thursday or Friday, and I use PowerPoint. We do our Jeopardy as a class, not as a team competition, if you get what I mean.

Many math resource books have a tangram pattern in the back, and you could copy these on colored printer paper. I think I might try this great idea!