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Old 07-08-2006, 01:17 PM
 
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day to-do lists! When I was planning my wedding, there was a thread similar to this on a bridal chatboard and we would go back and edit our lists and we got things done. Some times we used each other's lists to help us realize what we needed to add to the lists.

So, let's do something similar here. We can post our first day/week of school lists and come back to check things off. Then, we can also look at each other's lists to maybe add things to ours that we didn't think of on our own. This is similar in a way to the thread that was posted a month ago on the regular teacher board on things we plan to do over the summer to get ready. Whaddaya say? Don't forget to come back and edit your list as you get things done!

1. Get together 1st and 2nd week's homework
2. Type up welcome message for postcards
3. Revise discipline plan
4. Buy 2 pocket folders and get them ready with labels, etc.
5. Finish road trip bulletin board
6. Set up new money system
7. Job applications and decide on jobs
8. Put AR bulletin board together
9. Type up first reading unit
10. Put together binders/filing system
11. Put together homework procedure...type it up
12. Make numerous copies of Mountain Math/Language
13. Put Homeworkopoly board together and laminate
14. Organize bookshelves
15. Put brand new rocking chair together...wahoo!!!
16. Laminate states and put together that board
17. Xerox copies of behavior punch tickets
18. Put Thursday binders together
19. Put up my stuff for "Explorer of the Month"

So much to do! Although, this list really helps to weed out all the things I have floating around in my head. I hope this helps others to!



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Your list looks really good. I was wondering if you could explain "homeworkopoly."
Thanks!
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Before the first day . . .
Make a copy of this list to use before school starts each year.

__ Make bulletin-board decisions: where to post announcements, menu, and calendar; what kind of welcome-back display to make; which boards will be for subject-area work and which boards students will design; where to display studentsí original work.
__ Set up learning centers
__ Make signs for room
__ Prepare class rolls and permanent records
__ Make class list to post on door
__ Put your name outside the door
__ Make student name tags for desks or have them make their own
__ Find out schedules for lunch, gym, art, music, library
__ Obtain supplies
__ textbooks and supplemental materials
__ plan books
__ storybooks for read-alouds
__ attendance materials
__ paper clips
__ construction paper
__ manila folders
__ different kinds of tape
__ extra writing paper
__ grade book
__ rubber bands
__ stapler and staples
__ handwriting paper
__ spare pencils/pens
__ tissues
__ Prepare packets for students to take home the first day. Include:
__emergency forms
__school rules
__supplies
__bus or transportation rules
__note to parents/request for room-parents
__Check to see which students may be going to special classes
__Check out library books and read-alouds
__Set up a folder for a substitute to use in case of emergency
__daily schedule (fill in as soon as possible)
__seating chart (fill in as soon as possible)
__reproducible activities
__Prepare a file for correspondence from parents
__Prepare a file for faculty bulletins
__Write tentative lesson plans for the coming week
__Duplicate materials needed for the first few days
__Write your name and other important information on the board
__Make a checklist for returned forms (can be used later for report cards and other items)
__Other
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Great idea! I wrote mine out the other day, so everyone's helps me see if I'm forgetting anything. Here's mine:
*Hang curtain and cloth (in front of computers to hide junk underneath)
*make vines, etc... to hang from ceiling in classroom library
*word wall
*bulletin boards (postcard exchange, information hut, morning math, getting to know you)
*copy (parent letter, people bingo, procedures, goals, time capsule, birthday cupcakes, information sheet, homework sheet, newsletter)
*get papers signed by principal
*make jungle job chart and write names on clothespins
*set aside Chrysanthemum, 1st Day Jitters, A Good Teacher, and Judy Moody books
*Arrange furniture
*update labels on book baskets
*cut out t-shirts for hall display and create hall display
*door display
*make a sample of "mystery student"
*hang posters
*stuffed animals on top of cubbies
*charge camera
*hang growth chart
*sharpen pencils
*put goodies on desks for first day
*welcome and greeting on board
*agenda written
*write names on desk plates - secure
*make social contract
*glue class list outside door
*update substitute folder

Whew! Seems like a ton, but when I get started on it it's much easier when I can just glance at my list. I'm sure I'll add more after reading others.
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Would you mind sharing what you plan to do for your hall display? This is always a big worry for me. Last year I did "Ms. ----- Shining Stars" and had a star cut out with each students name on them and decorated them with glitter. The year before I did, "Look Who's Popping Into Fourth Grade" and had each students name on a piece of popcorn and placed it coming out of a large box of popcorn. I don't like to do the same one over and I was wondering if you or anyone else would be willing to share their ideas.

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I'm going to my room just for a little bit today (it's our 2nd wedding anniversary today too) and hope to get a few things crossed off.
I'll come back here later and hopefully be able to check some off!

I have to repost my list here, for some reason b/c my list is on the topic starter (I think this is why), it won't let me edit it.

1. Get together 1st and 2nd week's homework
2. Type up welcome message for postcards
3. Revise discipline plan
4. Buy 2 pocket folders and get them ready with labels, etc.
5. Finish road trip bulletin board
6. Set up new money system
7. Job applications and decide on jobs
8. Put AR bulletin board together
9. Type up first reading unit
10. Put together binders/filing system
11. Put together homework procedure...type it up
12. Make numerous copies of Mountain Math/Language
13. Put Homeworkopoly board together and laminate
14. Organize bookshelves
15. Put brand new rocking chair together...wahoo!!!
16. Laminate states and put together that board
17. Xerox copies of behavior punch tickets
18. Put Thursday binders together
19. Put up my stuff for "Explorer of the Month"

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What is Homeworkopoly?
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This is a game close to monopoly with "school related" terms and ideas incorporated. I haven't seen this in the classroom, but saw it mentioned on a post I saw on another board. They referenced the website www.homeworkopoly.com. I just visited it the site and it's up and running. Didn't have time to read all of the details, but looks pretty fun. It says that it's a good way to get students excited about doing their homework. Check it out! Can't remember the member's name that mentioned it in the message on the other board, but she/he might be able to elaborate on how they use it in their classrooms.
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I do the same one just because the parents really get a kick out of it. You can see it in the bulletin board contest, if you have access to that here still. It has 2 trees painted on the front, with real string glued between them (like a clothes line). Then I paint the stem and leaves of future flowers underneath. I use green bulletin board paper to make grass. The kids are given a construction paper t-shirt cut out the first day, and they write and draw what they did over the summer. I use tiny craft size clothespins to hang them in the hall. They also are given 1/4 piece of construction paper to cut out a flower and glue onto the top of one of the painted stems. Then I take their picture and glue it onto the flower. I paint white clouds at the top, and add cotton to make it 3D. Then I glue the words "We had a t-riffic summer" onto the clouds.

By the way, Happy Anniversary Carrie!!!!!!
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http://www.teachnet.com/homeworkopoly/

I play once a week on Friday for students who have completed all of their homework all week. I printed off a blank copy and wrote the street names where my kids lived. They got a big kick out of that!


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Well,
I'll be PRINTING OUT this thread!! Good ideas, ladies!!

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Thanks Susan! We've been relaxing all day and will be going out to dinner tonight to one of our favorite restaurants that we hardly ever go to.
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I wondered what I could do for rewarding students would always get their homework done. I really like the idea of the homeworkopoly.
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I am *so* appreciating this thread, thank you!! I am preparing to teach again for the first time in many many years and I'm a little clueless. Not only has it been years, but I'm going to 4/5 split (immersion) and I've only taught straight English classrooms at the K/1 level before (and did I mention that was *years* ago? lol!)

so thanks for this thread!!
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My husband and I spent some more time in my room yesterday, and got a few things done (some that weren't on the list yet).
The items that are bolded are finished!

1. Get together 1st and 2nd week's homework
2. Type up welcome message for postcards
3. Revise discipline plan
4. Buy 2 pocket folders and get them ready with labels, etc.
5. Finish road trip bulletin board
6. Set up new money system
7. Job applications and decide on jobs
8. Put AR bulletin board together
9. Type up first reading unit
10. Put together binders/filing system
11. Put together homework procedure...type it up
12. Make numerous copies of Mountain Math/Language
13. Put Homeworkopoly board together and laminate
14. Organize bookshelves
15. Put brand new rocking chair together...wahoo!!!
16. Laminate states and put together that board
17. Xerox copies of behavior punch tickets
18. Put Thursday binders together
19. Put up my stuff for "Explorer of the Month"
20. Clean up mess from summer school
21. Put Mastery Club up on wall
22. Get Hall of Fame made and put up as well

I'll be going in again (by myself this time) to a few more things today. So, I'm hoping to cross off at least one or two more things. I'm going to be doing several things on the computer at home too, so that will help to cross stuff off as well.

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I'm pretty much going in every day to my room...to get a little bit done here and there to make it less stressful the week we have to come back (week before school...August 1).

Today, I was able to start on the AR bulletin board and actually, the student work bulletin board as well. Tomorrow, I might try to cut the titles out and get them up. But, we'll see. I want to try to get the Postcard Exchange board up, laminate the states, maybe even start finishing up the road trip bulletin board. I really have no idea how much I'll get done. Sometimes I can get stuff done quickly and at other times it takes awhile.


1. Get together 1st and 2nd week's homework
2. Type up welcome message for postcards
3. Revise discipline plan
4. Buy 2 pocket folders and get them ready with labels, etc.
5. Finish road trip bulletin board
6. Set up new money system
7. Job applications and decide on jobs
8. Put AR bulletin board together
9. Type up first reading unit
10. Put together binders/filing system
11. Put together homework procedure...type it up
12. Make numerous copies of Mountain Math/Language
13. Put Homeworkopoly board together and laminate
14. Organize bookshelves
15. Put brand new rocking chair together...wahoo!!!
16. Laminate states
17. Xerox copies of behavior punch tickets
18. Put Thursday binders together
19. Put up my stuff for "Explorer of the Month"
20. Clean up mess from summer school
21. Put Mastery Club up on wall
22. Get Hall of Fame made and put up as well
23. Put up Postcard Exchange (United States) board
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Carrie,

Thanks for the bulletin board idea. I am planning to do something with your idea. How do you do your AR bullintin board? Is it something you keep up all year? I've never done one before because I wasn't sure how to do the many different levels of readers I teach. Also what is your money system?

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I actually have never done one before. I got the idea off of these boards.

So, not sure how it will go. But, I had a hard time getting a few of my students to start taking quizzes on the books they read. I think this really nice visual approach will motivate those who normally might not be motivated. They will view it as a friendly competition I'm sure.

I have the classroom economy and so getting the states they need to fill up their U.S. map will turn into classroom money as well.
As for the money system itself, this is also the first time I decided to use it. I got the idea off of this board to print money from the monopoly website. I copied it onto colored paper (each money amount is a different color). I went through each original copy and wrote "Cool Cash" on the bottom of the circle in the middle (where it also says Monopoly). Nice simple name to keep it personalized.
I will give them money for turning in their homework 100% for each week, getting their reading calendar signed (they will get $1.00 for each minute read), and various other things. Then I'll have 2 auctions. One after the first 2 quarters and one at the end of the year.

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1. Get together 1st and 2nd week's homework
2. Type up welcome message for postcards
3. Revise discipline plan
4. Buy 2 pocket folders and get them ready with labels, etc.
5. Finish road trip bulletin board
6. Set up new money system
7. Job applications and decide on jobs
8. Put AR bulletin board together
9. Type up first reading unit
10. Put together binders/filing system
11. Put together homework procedure...type it up
12. Make numerous copies of Mountain Math/Language
13. Put Homeworkopoly board together and laminate
14. Organize bookshelves
15. Put brand new rocking chair together...wahoo!!!
16. Laminate states
17. Xerox copies of behavior punch tickets
18. Put Thursday binders together
19. Put up my stuff for "Explorer of the Month"
20. Clean up mess from summer school
21. Put Mastery Club up on wall
22. Get Hall of Fame made and put up as well
23. Put up Postcard Exchange (United States) board
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Cloth Map of U. S. and the World at Walmart
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Hi, all,
For my bulletin boards I found a colorful cloth map of the United States and another cloth of the continents of the World at Walmart. Check out your local Wally World in the sewing section. These are very nexpensive and colorful for bulletin boards. (around $4.00 each) I intend to use my U. S. map for the Postcard exchange.
Have a great one!
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