Your Best 1st grade Idea Ever!!

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  1. teach12

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    Please post any idea or anything creative that you would consider one of your best ideas ever for first grade!
     
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  3. Ms.Frizzle

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    I keep an ink pad and a few ink stamps on each table(desks pushed together) in a mini plastic basket. I have students stamp their own homework each morning and I walk around and check them off in my grade book. Also, when we check papers in class they get to stamp it. It saves time of rechecking, collecting and passing out papers! I try to rotate the stamps and buy different ones at holidays!
     
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    Another fun 1st gr. idea is a traveling stuffed pet with a journal. I've had a Mr.Bear for many years. Each child's name (and some specialists too) have their name on a slip in a special box. Each day the student that took home Mr.Bear shares the journal (with help if needed) and draws out the next name. When the name is pulled out we put it in a separate bag marked "Waiting for Mr.Bear's next turn". When the box is empty we put all of the names back inside. We encourage photos of the pet at different places. Monthly a parent or I wash the pet in the washing machine. Some years I provide a special backpack for the pet. The pet usually acquires clothing during the year. If this happens I suggest have them dress the pet before it goes home or the extra clothing may disappear.
    If you want to extend the idea I have Mr.Bear get married to Mrs.Bear. We have a wedding and hum the wedding march etc... We take photos of the big event. Some years I've had the class vote if they'd like the couple to then have a pet or a baby bear. I extend it with writing in their journals. It is a lot of fun!
     
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    This is more of an organizational strategy...one of my big pet peeves is when the classroom library is unorganized and we can't find the books we need. I took the time last summer to put a coded sticker on each book. (All the Arthur books had a white circle with "A" on it, all the nonfiction books had a yellow dot, ect) I then put that same sticker on the front of the shelf where all those books were to be shelved. It seriously took me about 15 minutes on the first day of school to explain the system, and honestly, it was rare that a book was out of place. It was such an easy system that just took a little extra time in the summer (and when buying a new book), but it was so great to know exactly where every book in your classroom was.
     
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    I had bottled water in my classroom for my students. I would write their numbers on the bottles, and they kept them on their desks (closed VERY tight, unless drinking). Of course, if they misused them, they lost them. We re-used the bottles, refilling them from our classroom sink since the hall water fountain hardly ever worked. Since I had a classroom bathroom (Thank goodness!), we never had to go as a class to the hall bathrooms (which are always gross anyway). It definitely extended instructional time!
     
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    Dr. Seuss Day! (March 2) Everyone comes dressed as a favorite character and we have a costume parade to the music from the musical, "Seussical" ("Oh, The Thinks You Can Think" is great). We bring in piles of Seuss books and do lots of Seuss activities (you can find on the Dr. Seuss web site)--every subject is Seussian! Parents make green eggs and ham for lunch, we make oobleck for science--it's an awesome day that I look forward to every year. (I wear red long johns and dye my spiky hair blue--Thing 2!)
     
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    I have a few ideas for organization:

    1. I have a large "under the bed" tub for every month of the year. I keep all those "holiday" decorations, stickers, etc. in the correct tub for each month. That way, when it's time to change my calendar, or decorations for the new month it is a snap to find everything. When I take things down, it is easy to just put the monthly decorations in the right bin. :)

    2. I have organized all the songs that we use onto my ipod. It is now SO much easier to find a song and play it when needed.

    3. I have a "copy bin" where I place all things that need to be copied. It is VERY important that once I copy what I need for the week, everything gets put back - that way every Monday my copy bin is empty and ready for the next week.

    4. I have a folder on the desktop of my computer entitled, "to print". Anything I am working on over the weekend, or at home that I don't want to forget to print at school goes in this folder. Then, come Monday morning, right after I turn on my computer I open that folder first and begin printing!

    5. I DO NOT have students turn in papers into a random "bin". Instead, at the beginning of the year I personally go around and collect students assignments. I know this sounds like a time waster, but actually it is a time-saver. That way all papers are in order, all names are on them (because I check as I'm collecting). Once the students get used to the procedures, then I start having a "paper collector", and that student collects all papers. He/she makes sure names are on papers before they are collected!
     
  9. miss jennifer

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    I love this idea!! I am in the process of setting up my class library this year and this sounds like a great way to help the students keep the library in order.
     

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