I went in to school today to get things ready for Monday. I thought I only had a couple things to do but ended up staying for over 5 hours! What?!
I got a lot accomplished and I am feeling good about heading back on Monday.
Here’s what I changed up!
Inspired by the SUPER DUPER cute bulletin board that DoodleBugs shared on her Facebook Wall, I made this bulletin board outside my door.
I updated my attendance file to January mittens! The kids walk in and move their mitten to show that they are present.
The attendance files are from my buddy Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade! She has 20 different files bundled for the year! Check them out HERE.
I updated my date area and I decided to change up my objective board. I am listing the 4 most important for both ELA and math and then placing a little mitten by the one that we are really focusing on for the day. It’s hard to even narrow it down to 4 in the two subject areas!!!
Next, I ventured over to the word work station and did a big clean out. I took out all our word work centers from December. I added in some activities like popcorn words, chunks, antonym cards, blends and chunk puzzles. I did this because I will be slowly adding a new January literacy center each day until I have a good amount of choices. Then I will weed out the puzzles and cards again. It is just a good way to transition us into a whole new batch of centers.
Aren’t those clipboards so so sad? I need a pintervention for sure…Maybe this Summer?
Then I emptied out our old writing paper choices for the writing center and got is ready to implement our new Mailbox Station! You can see the post on this HERE.
Next, I changed out my math tubs from December to January! I use a combination of Bridges Math tubs and my January Math Tubs. I also have 4 kids on computers during this time as well.
To see more about all 10 January math tubs click HERE.
We have been studying the ocean, the layers of the ocean, bodies of water, habitats, and just about everything else we can squeeze into this theme. This week we are making a jellyfish at the science center and learning about the surface layer of the ocean. Since it is so crafty this week they love this one.
See that chart with directions? It is a large teaching chart cut into quarters! It is a top quarter since it still has the spiral.
As the day wound down for me I tackled my dreaded teacher clutter that was lurking behind my small group desk. It was getting hairy back there. I may have opened a large rubber maid and just scooped and hid it for now. I just can’t do a nitty gritty sort at 4pm on a vacation day….But what is left feels nice and clean! Ha!
I arranged our little furniture because the rooms had been cleaned and things were all pushed around when I walked in.
I wrote a special morning message for my class that we are going to finish together on Monday. I asked them what our rules are!!!
I placed “Snowflake” our class pet on my chair. They will be so excited to see him again!
To see more about the class pet writing click Here.
I added our first of 10 January Literacy Centers to the top of the pocket chart because it is the first thing we do after morning message and it leads us right into the daily five.
I rearranged where my students sit so I left them each a mitten with their name and a special sticker to help them find their new table, team, and seat. Plus their caddies are full of brand spanking new crayons, pencils, and glue sticks!!! It’s so exciting
for me for them!
Before I left I dusted and let me tell you that this black computer desk was filthy!!! What a relief!
I also decluttered this area because it was full of notes, candy canes, hawk bucks (our school money) and used post-its.
I’ll be back soon with visual plans and a fun morning work freebie to kick off the new year at school!!