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.