The weather has cooled, and our students are getting into the classroom routines. We are able to do more in our classroom now, and we are putting out more complex centers. Here are a few of the activities we did this past week:
A Book About Us!
We made our first class book together! Our students loved seeing their writing put together and bound; I see them reading their book all the time. We will continue to make books all year, and they will be added to our classroom library.
This is a tennis ball that had a slit cut for the mouth and some googly eyes hot-glued to it. Students feed him the letters of the week and record them on the white board. You could also do this activity with numbers during math centers.
This number provocation was so easy to set up. I put out some numbers I got from Scholastic, some wooden blocks and dominoes. Students used one-to-one correspondence to build and match numbers.
We use this journal writing page every few weeks to assess where students’ writing skills are. We encourage them to try writing on their own, and edit their work. When they are done we ask them what their 2 stars (something they did well) and a wish (something they want to improve) are and we write them down so they know what to work on next time. You can get this as a free download: