The day has come and gone for the students and me to return to school. Friday was our first day back and the day was filled with lots of activities, routines, and procedures. Here's an exact breakdown of what the first day entailed.

  • Upon entering the classroom students worked on a class name word search and an All About Me poster.
  • Next came Classroom rules- I began with teaching the WBT rules activating student's whole brain. They loved it!
  • Then we picked up supplies and color coded our composition notebooks. Red=Reading, English=green, Blue=Social Studies, Purple= Math, Yellow=Science. With having 5 notebooks in your school bag all looking the same, color coding helps students locate the right notebook quickly.
  • Next was the Teacher test. I gave students an 10 question test titled "How well do you know your teacher?" They chose their best answers and I followed the questions with the answers on a flip chart.
  • We visited the computer lab and explored our class website and began typing practice.
  • Lunch
  • Wrote an "I Am " Poem which will become our first blog post next week on Kidblog.
  • PE
  • Completed our "I Am" poems.
  • Dismissal
The day went by very quickly!

This coming week is our first full week back and lesson plans are finally completed for the first 2 weeks of school.

Here's a peek at next week's agenda:
  • Reading- Discussing what makes a good reader and modeling and practicing what good readers do using Folktales
  • English- Capitalization Rules and Writing Sample
  • Social Studies- Map Skills including latitude, longitude, equator, prime meridian, etc..
Anchor Charts for next week:

Wow, it's been almost two weeks since my last post! Where has time gone? Well, it has gone to lesson planning, room preparation, and spending as much time as I can with my three boys keeping them busy. Look how great they are!

Took them today to Bookoo Bounce (Inflatable Jump House) and to lunch. Tomorrow we are off to see the Smurfs 2. I think I may be more excited then them about the movie.

Today I'm linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the August Currently linky.

Listening- There is so much going on here in southern LA- good and bad. I've also been trying to watch the Today show these last few days before I start work in 5 days to keep up and catch up on what's going on with the country.

Loving- I am loving my classroom! My classroom colors this year are black and red. I used red chevron border with black fadeless paper for the background and also incorporated my star border. You can see what it looks like here.

Thinking- I have way too many things on my To-Do list. My hope is to get through most of them next Monday.

Wanting- Yes, I want one more month of summer. So I can really relax!

Needing- I need a back massage. I really don't care for massages and have only had a handful of massages in my life time, but my back has been hurting a lot lately. So, bad I can't even sleep at night. I think it is my mattress. So, maybe I need a new mattress!

1. I have completed my ELA lesson plans for the first 5 weeks of school, however I changed them completely yesterday upon finding the site Learnzillion. Great site if you need guidance on how to approach the CCSS. I now have 2 weeks of lesson plans complete, but I keep finding great ideas all over the web from blogs, pinterest, twitter and Facebook. I need to stop looking!

2. I need a good night's sleep between my new puppy whining and my back aching I don't get much sleep at night.

3. When school begins officially for students on Friday, August 9th I need students who are ready to learn.

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