Sunday, July 8, 2012

Trying So Many New Things-A First Day of School Linky

Hi,

I have really tried to stretch my blog knowledge in the last few weeks.  You all have been so sweet and supportive as I leap into the unknown.  I'm totally unsure if this will work, but I want to try hosting my own linky. 

The topic I am choosing is first day of school activities that we do with our students (as I move to a new grade level, from third to second, I know that I will really benefit from reading all of your ideas.).  One thing that I did last year (that I will definitely continue) is I allowed my students to decorate their writing journals (we use the composition books).  I brought in a supply of scrapbook paper, stickers, and sticker letters and let the kids go for it.  They were having so much fun that they didn't want to stop to go to lunch.  :-)  Having a personalized writing journal motivated them to write all year long. 


 
Of course, my first day of school with students, like all of yours, is filled with teaching all kinds of procedures including lining up, going to lunch, restroom breaks, packing up to go home, and much more.  I presented classroom rules through a video I had made using xtranormal.com, which the kids thought was hilarious!  (I will be sure to post about this fun resource later for those of you who are not familiar with it.) 





Do any of you have a favorite read-aloud that you read on the first day of school year after year?  What does your first day of school look like?  For those of you that are participating in the Guided Math book study, what math-related procedures and activities will you introduce right away?  Anyway, these questions were just some ideas/wonderings I had for your posts.  However, I welcome any and all ideas-the sky is the limit!  I can't wait to read about your first day of school.   







12 comments:

Lisa R. said...

I just found your blog & I'm your newest follower!! I am excited to follow along! :)
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Amy Grout said...

Hi Molly,
I think your idea for a linky party is great. I moved from third to second 5 years ago and loved it. I am now a follower of your blog and would love for you to visit back.
Happy Blogging!
Amy

Angi said...

What a great idea! :) I linked up with one of my favorite first-day books and an activity I've never tried before.

I'm a new follower to your blog. Stop by and see me sometime!

Angi
★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

Amanda said...

I love new first day ideas! Can't wait to see what others post too! Thanks for hosting this!

Amanda
Reaching for the TOP!

Amanda said...

Oh and I wanted to let you know that I am BIG into guided math and have a whole lot of ideas for teaching procedures and setting it up, so if you ever want to chat about it, email me! :)

Amanda
redseventeen@gmail.com
Reaching for the TOP!

Amanda Madden said...

Just found your blog and linked up! I also teach 2nd...glad to have another 2nd grade blog to follow. :)

Amanda
Teaching Maddeness

Erin Sample said...

I just found your blog from Amanda! :) I am your newest follower. I am planning to link up too! Come check out my blog as I am just starting; we can learn together!
Sample’s Superstars
Erin

Brigid said...

Just found your blog! I am a new follower! I hope that you have time to hop over to my blog and follow! I plan on linking up to share what I do on the first day of school!!!
Brigid
Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

Autumn said...

I am a newbie at this... but how do you link up to the linky party? LOL

Layla Wiedrick Henry said...

Thanks for sharing! I love this linky idea because there are a lot of good ideas out there and I would love to hear about what others say!

luckeyfrog said...

Love this idea for a linky party! I moved up a grade level and may have a few of the same students again, so I'm looking for some new first day of school ideas! I'm a new follower!

Jenny
Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

Shelly Sitz said...

Love this idea! I will be linking up soon! I am your newest follower!

Shelly
Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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