Thursday, September 5, 2013

The first couple of days, a giveaway, and a freebie for book selection!

We've had 2 days of first grade so far, and here's what we've been up to:

Lot's of discussion about supplies and taking care of our belongings :) Here we are getting crayons and pencil boxes and talking about how we take care of supplies - complete with a demonstration of breaking crayons by me :)

I use Babbling Abby's Fun With Firsties pack every year. We read "First Day Jitters" by Julie Danneburg (this is always my day one read aloud no matter what grade!) and then use this awesome survey from Abby's pack! 

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On the very first day of school, I walked into a FLOOD. My room flooded over the weekend with heavy rains in MA :( Not much damage, just a mess of things to clean up before the kids walked in!

We also completed our first day self-portraits from Cara Carroll's "Saved by the Bell!" unit. 

We met this year's class mascot, Pete! He will travel to everyone's house this year. I created a new class mascot pack on TpT to go with him. 

I'll give this pack to the first commenter :) Pete is not included - he doesn't like to travel too far :)

We will be launching our Reader's Workshop this week, and although I don't use Daily 5, I love some components of it! I love the explanation of good fit books and "I PICK". I created a little poster to aid my friends in book selection!

I'm off today, but will be back at it tomorrow :)


  1. I love Pete the Cat! This would be perfect for my firsties.

  2. My daughter read a lot of Pete the Cat books in kindergarten and first grade. She would have loved to have a class animal like that. Great idea.