Students came back to school on Wednesday and all I can say right now is I am excited for my second year in 5/6!
Here are some things that took place this week:
I am not a terribly crafty person, so when I had this idea to fix my HORRIBLE hallway bulletin board I got very excited. I don't even have a before picture of it because I hated it so much. It goes from the ceiling to the floor and in a dark corner. It is also directly across from the lockers and after about a day the bottom half of the board is ripped and falling off from kids kicking into it. I absolutely love the way this came out. The wainscot panel was exactly the right size, I didn't have to cut it at all. Plus it brightens up the corner so much!
If you browse Pinterest you many recognize the signs. I decorated the board with wanted signs for positions such as Team leaders willing to build a learning community, Dreamers who dare to be successful, etc. I also turned this into an activity for my 6th graders. I printed out the signs again and hung them around my room, as a class we talked about want ads and how they are written and I told them they were going to write the descriptions for these wanted signs. I had then break into groups and write adjectives that would describe the perfect candidate for the job. Then using the adjectives create a sentence to go into the description. Since I am a math teacher not ELA, this is all so new to me and its taking a little longer than I thought to get all 7 signs done, but we are making great progress and I hope to be completely done by next Wednesday which is Back To School night for the parents. I will eventually have the students write their names on the chart paper under the descriptions for the jobs they are committed to (hopefully all of them!)
For 5th grade I had planned to read book Math Curse by John Scieszka and Lane Smith and then work on some of the corresponding activities that I found on various websites. Well, I read the story, we did a crossword puzzle, and then our new math coach sent me a link to these great getting to know you Bio-Glyphs I remembered that both of my own kids did these in 6th grade math and how much fun it was on Back to School night as a parent looking for my kids picture. So I jumped on it and am so glad I did! Here is a sample, I can't wait to hang them up around our room! I asked the students to put an O on the back if they would't mind if I hang theirs in the hallway too.