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Capitalization Anchor Chart

Yes, I know it is late in the year, but my little ones are still struggling to know what and when to capitalize something. I found this example of a capitalization anchor chart at First Grade Fresh and decided to make one on the computer (since I am NOT an artist of even the basic kind--that is my little sister's job). Here is what I came up with: Click here to get your copy. Enjoy!

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10 Teacher Tips to Make Your Life Easier! - Busy Me Plus Three

Please note: Amazon affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience! As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to make my life easier! I have been teaching for 12 years now, and I feel like I am finally figuring […]

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The First Week in First Grade

I wanted to stop by today and share some a few of my "go-to" activities during the first week of school to build our classroom community and set expectations for the year! During the first few days of school, we are setting the tone for the rest of the year. Our students are looking to see what kind of teacher we will be and making judgements about their school year. They're deciding if school is a place they want to come or a place they dread. The choices we make at the beginning of the year can have a lasting impact! As instructional demands increase each year, it's easy to want to jump right into our curriculum as soon as possible. We think we can teach routines while we're teaching other things, and that we can build community during our district mandated curriculum. While it is possible to review routines and procedures in the middle of instruction, our students aren't getting the necessary TIME to practice. I believe that starting slow lets us go fast later in the year. When we make sure every student knows exactly what's expected, and they get the time to discuss and practice, we will have less interruptions when we finally start our regular schedule and instruction. I'm including tons of ideas in this post for you for you to add in when it makes sense! But if you're looking for a detailed schedule of the first week in my classroom, you can download it for free by clicking the picture below! Each day includes a daily schedule, to-do list, and activities to include! All of the activities can be found in my First Week Survival Kit. Teaching Transitions If I was honest, I would say that a LOT of the behaviors I have to correct happen during transitions. Once my kiddos are engaged, I typically am only having to remind my most challenging students what's expected. But transitions are less structured, and my students struggle to control their impulses. Once I realized that, I knew I needed to EXPLICITLY teach what is expected during transitions during the first few days. We can do entire lessons on transitions just like we would on a language standard. In the hallway, for example, my students know exactly what they should do and how it should look. Before we go on our first bathroom break, we come to the carpet and talk about hallway behavior. We not only discuss how it looks, we also discuss the why. I ask how it feels when you're concentrating hard on something, and you hear kids playing in the hallway. (It feels distracting, it makes me want to go play too, I forget what I was working on.) Even in teaching transitions, I'm helping my students be empathetic. We don't want to be the reason another student can't do their work. Then we're ready to discuss the specifics about expectations. Together, we create an anchor chart. (Before the lesson, I have cut the pieces out but only the title is on the chart.) As I add things to the chart, I'm having students model inappropriate and appropriate. (I like to have my challenging students be my models...they usually love the attention, and I can remind them that they DO know how to do it.) We practice, practice, practice and for the first several weeks (possibly months) this chart is hanging by the door for us to review before we leave. We also have this poem hanging and read it often. Some days I might choose to reward students who are doing a great job, but I'm constantly coming back to our discussion about helping other students learn. We want THAT to be the reward and motivation. :) Even though we don't have an anchor chart for "Coming to the Carpet," or "Lining Up" I make sure to give clear directions. I hold up my fingers for each step and it works like magic! We use this anytime we're leaving our desk. (MOST students don't need this. They just know not to act crazy, hahaha. But you will have some that do, and it's best to just start off strong. This (***hopefully) keeps our energetic little buddy from jumping out of his seat and running to the line full speed.) We practice over, and over, and over...until you want to never practice it again. That's when you know you've practiced it enough!! :) Stand Up Push My Chair In Walk Silently Once we start workstations, and rotations we'll have specifics for that as well. During the first week, we DO start Reader's Workshop so I make sure to decide ahead of time if they should have their book box at their desk or pick it up on the way to their spot. We also practice finding a quiet reading spot a LOT. We discuss problems that might come up (what if we both want the same spot) and how to resolve them (in my classroom, we use paper-rock-scissors to resolve those types of conflicts.) Lunch/Recess Time Before we discuss expectations, I wanted to share my opinion about lunch and recess. I truly believe it is my students' time, and my expectations should respect that. I don't think it's fair to ask students to eat silently...I would never want to eat silently. I also don't think it's fair to take recess time on the first day to practice expectations and safe play at recess. I think that's additional time we find during the first few days (which is why we don't start our curriculum.) . On the first day, our students need recess more than they need ANYTHING. They've gone from hours and hours of free time to a very structured setting. Most likely, the first few days won't be full of fun science experiments and group work...they'll be full of lots of read-alouds, discussions, and modeling. It makes it even more important that we give our students this time. BUT...it means I need to find time before lunch and recess to talk about playground safety, lunch expectations, etc. In my classroom, we go to the cafeteria in the morning and I show them where their table is, where they get lunch, etc. Then we head out to the playground and talk about how to use the equipment, and what it looks like to play safely. Before their recess time, I will remind them but that is their time to play. After that, we come back to the room for our discussion about lunch room expectations. I love using sorts for this type of discussion, because they find the "silly" choices hilarious. (Unfortunately, they will probably all happen haha!) (I believe in using natural consequences. If a student has trouble with the expectations after several reminders, I'm not going to have them move their clip or lose a privilege. They're just going to keep practicing until they can get it right. If they're being unsafe at recess, I will give them a few reminders. Then we will have to use their recess time to practice appropriate behavior.) Classroom Community Before we start our curriculum, it's so important that my students know our classroom is a safe place for risk-taking, and that we are all learners. I love to ask "What do you need from your teacher?" I get insight into their experience in school, and what motivates them. But it also shows them that I am learning with them, and we are all in this together. I feel like when I let them tell me what THEY need, it's alot easier for me to explain what I need. My FAVORITE read aloud for this is My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown. If you haven't read it, please do!! The little boy thinks his teacher is a monster, but he learns she isn't at all! After our teacher discussion, we can have a discussion about what makes a good student (doesn't give up, tries their best, is kind.) Because we spend about 45 minutes each week on character education, I typically just do read-alouds and discussions each day during the first week on kindness, friendship, etc.. I actually start teaching HOW to be kind and respectful the following week...during our morning meeting and character education lessons. We DO read The Recess Queen and talk about being a good friend. Classroom Materials During the first few days, I build in lots of time for free exploration with math tools. I think if we jump right into them as manipulatives, our little ones will be dreaming about all the cool things they could do with them. I typically do this for about 30-45 minutes, which gives me time to organize my paperwork and things. We also talk a LOT about using supplies correctly (pushing the marker cap down until you hear the click

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8 Strategies For Building Classroom Community

Classroom community building activities and free ideas and lesson plans to kick off the school year or implement at any time.

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5 activities for the first days of school

I can’t say I’m a big fan of icebreakers myself, at least the get-to-know-you type. Students may be grouped in a different way from the previous year, and there are always new students to the schoo…

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5 Questions to Ask When Getting to Know Your Students

Every year I give my students a questionnaire to complete on the first day of school. Later that night, when I have finally recovered from the excitement of the first day, I sit down with my stack of questionnaires to read all about my new students. My students' responses are such an important piece in getting to know each and every one of them. While there is a whole list of get-to-know-you questions for students to respond to, there are five questions that I make sure to pay extra close attention to: What do you like to be called? This question might seem like an obvious one, but I speak from personal experience when I tell you that this question can make such a big difference for certain students. My name is Rebecca, but as a kid I ONLY went by Becky. Every year, when my teachers would call my name during attendance on the first day, I would simply respond with "HERE", instead of letting them know that I preferred to be called Becky. I was painfully shy as a child and too afraid to speak up. Often it was not until Back to School Night, or even conference time, when teachers would meet my parents and learn that I preferred to be called Becky. It may seem like a small thing, but it was a HUGE deal to me as a child! On this same note, it is just as important to students that we know how to PRONOUNCE their names. It is definitely worth the extra effort to make that connection with students, and make them feel valued in our classrooms. What is something that makes you feel proud? This question is the one that allows me to make connections with my students. This is where they share what they're good at in or out of school. It gives them a chance to reflect on what makes them feel good about themselves. For me, it helps me to start conversations with students, recommend books they might like, or encourage other interests or activities that may be related to what makes them proud. What is something that is challenging for you? This next one is an obvious one, but still an important one. Those things that challenge our students are the very things that might lead to anxiety or discomfort in the classroom. The responses to this question are ones that I like to keep in the back of my mind as I am preparing lessons for new and challenging content. It gives me a chance to think of ways to help students overcome those challenges, or to simply shift their mindset when it comes to challenges. What is something you wish I knew? I used to ask the question, "What is the MOST important thing you want me to know about YOU?" While I got some great responses to this question, I would also get things like "I am really good at baseball" or "I like math". Of course these things are important, but we cover interests and favorite subjects with other questions. I want to hear the one thing (or more) that my students need me to know about them, in order for me to be the best teacher I can possibly be for them. A few years ago, a teacher named Kyle Schwartz posed this question for her students. She shared some of the responses on social media, highlighting the need for teachers everywhere to truly get to know their students and what they might need. Needless to say, this question is now asked on my questionnaire. What is something you expect from me as your teacher? We discuss so many expectations that we have for our students during the first week of school. I also think that it's important to see what our students expect from us. I am always surprised by my students responses to this question. They are often honest and specific about what they need. I have had students share that they like to have fun, but that they need structure. I have also had students share that they expect me to listen to them. Leave it to our students to remind us what it takes to make us better teachers! Believe it or not, students' responses to these questions stick out in my mind throughout the year. I always keep their responses in the back of my mind as I am interacting with my students, planning lessons, or even dealing with challenges. A student questionnaire is a great jumping off point for getting to know your students. You can download this questionnaire for FREE by clicking HERE or on the pic below. This questionnaire is just one of the get-to-know-you activities from my Back to School resource. If you're looking for more activities for those first days of school, click HERE or on the pic below to take a closer look. This resource now includes digital pages for distance learning. It's never too early to start thinking about the next school year. I hope that you will keep these questions in mind when getting to know your students this upcoming year.

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Online Elementary School Course Grade- Kindergarten Practical Activities

Elementary School Grade kindergarten is the first step for a child toward laying his educational foundation. Kindergarten is a online Elementary school educational approach that conventionally includes activities such as playing, singing, drawing, and practical activities that help nurture social skills.

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Early Division: Third Grade

Perfect for 2nd Grade or 3rd Grade Math Introduction to division Dividing into equal groups division practice Learning the dividend, divisor and quotient elementary math Google slides Google Classroom Distance Learning or Online learning fun progressing from concrete to abstract division. Basic Division.

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