Sunday, September 8, 2013

In My Planbook: A Peek at My Week Linky

Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday!  (Or is it Happy Sunday?)
Tomorrow is my first day with students!  I'm pretty excited to get this party started!  I feel like I've been planning for this for, well, an entire I can't wait to get back in front of a class!

Here's what's in my planbook for this week:

We'll be reading my FAVORITE first day of school book: Appelemando's Dreams.

Pic Credit: Amazon
I love love love this book. We use it as a jumping off point for building trust and understanding the rules in a community.  Rules and routines are the name of the game for Monday.

We will work on some all about me posters from Scholastic and a Math About Me activity from Runde's Room.

 On Tuesday, we will be reading The Day of Ahmed's Secret.  This book never goes over the way I want it to, but I keep trying.  The kids are never impressed by the secret Ahmed has (that he can write his name).  So this year, I am going to try a compare/contrast activity to help the kids understand why it's so great that Ahmed can write his name.  You can grab the Interactive Notebook Foldable Here.  (Credit to Erin at Lovin' Lit for the template!)

Pic Credit: Amazon

In math, I'm going to introduce Math Centers and begin our Beginning of Year Inventory Test.  The test is 80 items long, so I'm going to have the class work on it over the course of 4 days.

My extended day group (that's a group of ten students who stay 50  minutes after school twice per week for intervention and tutoring) will start reading Because of Winn Dixie.  I'm more than halfway through creating response booklets for them and I bought a copy for each kiddo on amazon.  I love this book, so working on this project has been really fun!

from my Instagram ;-) 

 On Wednesday, I'm looking forward to doing some rubric work with my class.  Teaching in High Heels had a great lesson she shared last school year about a rubric for making your bed. I kept pondering this lesson since then and decided to do it this year using my 4 year old's bed as a visual.  He was delighted that I was 1) taking pictures of his bed and 2.) making his bed look so neat!

I'll be sure to share the pictures and the blank rubric after we do the lesson!

In reading workshop, I'm going to introduce sticky mats to my kiddos. We will do an easy one to get started: making predictions.  You can grab the prediction page here or check out the full product here.  {The full product is editable, but the file on Google drive is just a pdf.}  The students will use a 1.5x2 sticky for the small box and 3x3 stickies for the larger boxes.

 On Thursday we will keep going with our rubrics.  This time, we will apply the rubric to an image of a bed so we can offer feedback to the bed maker about their beds.  Using rubrics to offer feedback to peers is a big focus in our school, but I thought it would be nice to keep it lighthearted and fun.  If time allows, we are also going to create a rubric for a clean desk!
On Friday, we will work on book recommendations to share books we love.  You can grab my form here.  They are pretty basic!  I will model  and then ask each student to make one contribution this month using the half size page.  The book and the form go in the books we love bin in our library.  
We should wrap up our beginning of year math inventory on Friday!  Woohoo!
 I'm teaching art on Fridays, so I think we are going to go over the rules in the art studio and then jump right into color theory!

What's in your plan book this week?  Be sure to link up with Mrs.Laffin's Laughings!


  1. Sounds like a fun, full week! Good luck!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  2. I hope that your first week back is great! Looks like it will be a blast! :-)

    Drop By...Life As I Know It

  3. I love Winn Dixie! It's a great vook to compare and contrast with the movie.

    Thanks for linking up!


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