Monday, August 6, 2012

Our First Day

I managed to survive our/my first day in fifth grade! This year I have been given the task of teaching fifth grade and transition. For those of you that don't know what that is, I have the students who failed the fourth grade end of the year test. They had a chance to pass it in summer school, most passed a few sections, but those placed in my class still failed a portion....this is about half of my class. I tell you this just in case you see a few things posted and think, "wait I thought she was teaching 5th grade this year!"

Okay so now on to our first day and what we did. The students had some board work, what we call Big 5 to complete. Big 5 is simply five math questions (and I also do 5 LA questions) that are possibly review of items we already learned or are struggling with. Seeing that it's the first day of school it was simple end of fourth grade math problems.

I also wanted to give them a little something else, so I saw a few of these questions on Pinterest. They were each given six sticky notes and had to write their answers and post them, I did allow them to be anonymous if they wanted.

Here is what they looked like, I LOVE some of the responses, I hope you can read them!

Student responses to What will you need to be successful this year?

 Next set of questions:

Student responses to What do you hope to learn this year in 5th grade?

Student responses to Our class should be _________________ everyday.

Next set of questions:

Student responses to What kind of teacher do you want?

Student responses to School is important because __________________.

Another activity we did was creating name bubbles. A good picture book to read with this is: The Name Jar. I was really pushed for time today, I did read You Are Finally Here! and This is the Teacher. Here is mine and my interner's bubbles:

Each student made their own name bubble. They then had to partner up and shared their bubbles with each other. Once partnered up they "introduce" their partner to the class and share at least two things about that person.

We then did a fun Twitter activity! They each got to make up their own Twitter name and draw their own avatar (I have a little mimio I made for it, I'll have to take some Hypersnaps and show it to you all later, I left my school laptop at school tonight, on purpose!). Once we had those two things completed they got to write their own Tweet, sticking with all the Twitter guidelines! Here is how they turned out.

A few of you had asked how my clipboards were mounted on the wall. Just plain glued on the wall. That simple!

Hope you first day goes as well as mine did!


Lisa R. said...

I'm glad you had a great first day!! You had some awesome activities that the students completed. Have a great school year! :)
Learning Is Something to Treasure

♥ S. said...

Sounds like you guys had a great first day at school! =) What cool activities. I don't think I'd left a comment previously, but I just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE your room! =)

Oh, and my husband in a police officer, too. =)
Hope you have a great rest of your week!

First Class First Grade

Barbara said...

Sounds like you had an amazing first day! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.


Michelle said...

So glad you had a great first day! I love your first day activities... did you get your bubble idea from somewhere? I'd love more details about that when you get a second! Stop on by anytime, I'd love to share ideas with you!

Michelle at Owls are a Hoot! said...

Looks like you had a successful first day and lots of fun! All summer long my brain has been geared towards primary and it looks like I will be in a 5th/6th combo! Thanks for sharing, it will help me rewire! LOL

Anonymous said...

I love your first day activities! They are inspiring! I shared them on my blog,, making sure to credit you, of course!

Denise said...

Love it! Great job making it an important day for all!

Do you have the "Our Class is all a twitter" sign available?

Joanna said...

Glad your first day of school went well. People don't realize that we get a little anxious about it too! Sounds like you had fun.

I LOVE the post-it response posters and the name bubble activity! I just wrote it down and will definitely be trying those for my first week back next week!

Cara Whitehead said...

I love the anchor charts! I am going to have to borrow them!

Many of us are already thinking about the next school year-new ideas, things to add, things to change, etc. I encourage you to give JogNog a try.

JogNog is instrumental in my classroom by engaging my students in learning. I, also, do some consulting with JogNog.

Teaching...My Calling

Tina Moricz said...

I used the same activity this year with my kids. It went well and it was interesting to see their responses across the different questions. I did it as a gallery tour with markers on chart paper instead of using post its. We put one chart at each table group. I'm loving your twitter door. We will be starting ours next week. Also, you should use your name bubbles to make wordles.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome ideas! I needed something different for this upcoming year because I will have some of the same students for the third year in a row!

Maria Carmen said...

It seems that you have many great ideas. I love your classroom and your blogs.
Do you think that I could do this for my high school Spanish classes,or know any blog with similar ideas that I could use?
I like all your ideas.

Anonymous said...

I am teaching 5th grade this year as well! Do you have a list of your "twitter" guidelines?