August 26, 2016

Five for Friday: Week in Review

  

The first week of school for students has officially come to a close.  It went pretty smoothly.  I only have one student so far that I want to chuck out the window!  Here are some tips, lessons, etc. that worked well for me this week.

 Check out this week's Five for Friday linky!

1

Student Jobs - I used to have student jobs as a major unit.  I would have my students fill out job applications and match students to a position for which they were best suited.

This year, I wasn't in the mood.  I wish I could remember where I heard this tip to give them credit - Choose one boy and one girl and have them complete any job you need done during the day.  This is so simple but brilliant!  I have all their names on cute little apples and we flip to the next one during morning meeting.



If you do want to try out student jobs, check on my TPT freebie by clicking the pic below.
                                             Classroom Jobs and Job Application for Elementary Students                                                        
2

Musical Big Books - I love using music in my classroom.  Last school year, I started using songs to help my students with fluency and vocabulary,  This week, we worked on our first song and completed our first musical big book - Roar by Katy Perry.  Below are a couple illustrations from our classroom big book.


Click on the pic above to find out more about using music in your classroom.  There, you will also gain access to song lyrics and musical big books as a freebie.  I will update this as I add more songs this year.


3

Word Work - I have a Word Work station ready to go with my magnetic letters.  They are in a jewelry chart I found at 5 Below.



4

Mailboxes - I painted my mailboxes with black chalkboard paint.  Then I put laminated colorful paper on the shelves.  I finished them off with a giant binder clip with the students' names.  They look so much nicer.  I wish I had a before pic.  They were looking pretty bad.  The binder clips make passing out papers so much easier since the names always got covered by papers.  Maybe when all of my students arrive (I still have 5 names of no shows), I will type them out because I am that anal.



5

Apple Germ Experiment - I must admit that I get a sick thrill out of scaring my students into washing their hands after using the bathroom.  To do this, I cut an apple in half and have all the students pass it around (after recess) while no one touches the other half.  We check out the apples as the week goes on.  It gets really gross but really drives home the importance of washing hands.  

To get the full experiment and more, check out my Back to School Resource Packet by clicking the pic.




8 comments:

  1. I love your mailboxes - they are such a great idea. The job application process sounds amazing too. Paula from Paula’s Place

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  2. Your mailboxes turned out great! I love the apple experiment. What a great way to teach about germs! I hope you have a great school year!

    Theresa

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  3. I love your student job idea! Very quick and easy way and it gives everyone chances to do all of the jobs!
    Jordan
    Team J's Second Grade Fun

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  4. I used to do the whole job application thing too... but it became exhausting. I have always struggled with jobs. I forget to change them, I forget who does what, etc. This year, I have really narrowed down my jobs to custodial staff (2 kids), paper patrol (2 students who will organize work and pass out papers, etc) and Teachers Assistant. I am going to let students choose the job they want at the beginning of the month.

    Primary On The Prowl

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  5. I used to do the whole job application thing too... but it became exhausting. I have always struggled with jobs. I forget to change them, I forget who does what, etc. This year, I have really narrowed down my jobs to custodial staff (2 kids), paper patrol (2 students who will organize work and pass out papers, etc) and Teachers Assistant. I am going to let students choose the job they want at the beginning of the month.

    Primary On The Prowl

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  6. Great idea for the mailboxes and I handle classroom jobs the same way! Love the purple design of your blog :) Jen

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  7. Love your mailbox update...binder clips are a great solution! Thank you!

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  8. Love your mailbox update...binder clips are a great solution! Thank you!

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