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Old 08-06-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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Any great ideas for morning work the 1st day? I always struggle with this. Needs to be self explanatory as I will be @ door greeting students but also needs to engage older students. Help!!!


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Old 08-06-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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I usually type out some simple directions telling them where to put supplies, their coats/bags. The last step is usually to choose a book and begin reading until the bell rings. I put out only a few baskets of high interest books on the first day until I explain the whole library. I don't like giving them a scavenger hunt or anything too active at this point because I like my mornings calm and start that way on day 1.
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:12 AM
 
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I usually do questions/directions as well. However, I saw on another thread this fabulous idea: a word search with the class members names.
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In the past, when I taught third grade, I had directions out for my students to put away all of their things. Also, I had a sheet of notebook paper on their desks where they were to write a letter to me describing what they want to learn, what they are most excited about, what they are most worried about, and how they think the year will go. I usually get some pretty good responses. Plus, it lets me know up front what some of them are worried about. I plan to do this again this year with my fifth graders. It's a good way to get them thinking about the year while still keeping things calm that first morning.
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Reading Survey and Illustration
Old 08-07-2010, 05:33 AM
 
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I have the students come in, find their seats, and work on a reading survey. After they have completed that, I have them illustrate the cover of their favorite book. (After the bell rings, we share a little and the pictures go up on the wall for the 1st week or so.)


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First Day Morning Work....
Old 08-07-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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Here is something I plan on using, but I will be teaching fourth grade. You'll have to do a little editing for your fifth graders. This was created by another PT member, not me, but I don't remember the member's name, sorry.
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There is a thread someone already posted about the think five if you can find it.
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:23 AM
 
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I love this. Someone posted something like this a few weeks ago for fifth. I think this would be great for the 4th day of school! Just an idea.
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Here is the Think 5 Post
Old 08-07-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=263713
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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I give them a reading interest survey to complete and the first Daily Language Review is up on the Smart Board for them to find mistakes and correct sentences. After everyone arrives and settles down, we check DLR and then begin a class tic tac toe kind of thing. There are 24 squares with things on them like, "I have a birthday in January" or "I have a dog." Kids have to go find someone who can answer to squares. The first one to get a row across, up and down or diagonally, wins a prize.


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Old 08-07-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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I have them do a wordsearch about me. I type a paragraph introducing myself and put some words in all capital letters. Those are the words they have to find. It's easy to make, and the kids think it's fun. I used to to one with the students' names, but there are always changes to the class roster, so making one about myself was easier for me.
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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I love that idea MA!!
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:57 PM
 
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get the word search? Is there a website that you use? If so, do you mind sharing? Thanks
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I just type it on Word. I think there is a website that will generate one, but I haven't looked for it yet. I'm going to change mine a little because I moved and got married over the summer. I'll let you know if I find it.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:51 AM
 
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This idea comes directly from the First Six Weeks of School Book... kids make their own desk nametags the first day. Cut out rectangle pieces (a little shorter than the length of their desk x about 3 inches). They write their name large in the center with a black sharpie...then each corner is a picture and words describing: CORNER 1: their favorite place in the world, CORNER 2: their favorite thing to do, CORNER 3: Someone who taught them something and CORNER 4: something they are good at (actually I can't remember this one right now...sorry).

It's a fantastic, at your seat activity, that you can easily make your own model of in Word, photocopy it and literally they love making these and then you laminate them and tape them to the desk. No buying those teacher store tags and spending your own money ever again
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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Free online word search maker

http://www.puzzle-maker.com/
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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This is the site I use for making word searches, crosswords, etc. I love to use it to make crosswords with our vocabulary words!
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Interest Inventory
Old 08-08-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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I give my students an Interest Inventory to complete - it helps me to get to know them a little better and they're so fun to keep and give to students at the end of the year! I can't post an attachment yet, so here are the questions I ask - sorry it's so long!
1. What is your favorite subject in school?

2. What is your least favorite subject in school?

3. What is your favorite food?

4. What is your favorite sport?

5. What is your favorite movie?

6. What is your favorite book?

7. What is your favorite T.V. show?

8. What do you want to be when you grow up?

9. If you could have 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

10. Who do you live with?

11. What is your favorite animal?

12. If you could have any superpower, what would you want to have?

13. What do you want to learn this school year?

14. What are you nervous about this school year?

15. What is your favorite kind of music?
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:38 AM
 
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I do an interest inventory as well. I love reading them that night, and the kids seem to enjoy telling me all about themselves!
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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Now that I can attach files, here's what I used this year...
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