Woohoo! We just finished our last day of State tests today. I am so relieved that all of this is behind us and SO ready to get back to some (REAL) teaching.
We still have two.full.months until vacation, so it's not quite time to relax. Here are five things I plan to do between now and the end of June:
1.) Re-design my room, a bit. Check out this hot mess:
2.) Cinco de Mayo! I love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with my students, even if it will really be May 3rd. :-) We will start working on a (very) mini Mexico unit. We've been learning about the Mayans for quite a while, but we haven't really studied Mexico at all. So I made these posters to use for a gallery walk:
After they have their notes, we are going to create brochures:
4.) Reinvigorating my reading workshop. I've been working on new literacy centers for what feels like ages. I started in February with a basketball theme for March, but they never got completed! This weekend, I'll get them finished and ready for my kids to get reaquainted with reading workshop.
5.) Finish Wonder. This book is all I've talked about lately. My students are enthralled. They are SO quiet while we are reading and so empathetic. We read Via's description of August's face this week and I really appreciated their reactions. I could see them touching their faces to understand her description. And no one had anything unkind to say, which, frankly, I was very worried about. But they listened.