Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Our First Week Back

Welcome to The 2017-2018 school year everyone!  This is what we will be up to during our first two weeks of school.

Kindergarten: I will have two 25 minute times with each of the kindergarten classes to welcome them to our school, introduce myself to the kids and explain my job, and to share a few of my favorite picture books.  We will be reading I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen and The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  In the next few weeks, I will be meeting with small groups of students until each kindergartner has come to my classroom to make their own "dot" for International Dot Day on 9-15.  
First Grade: Every first grade class will also be coming to my classroom twice in the first few weeks of school to read my favorite alphabet book of all time by my favorite author Chris Van Allsburg.  I will be reading The Z Was Zapped to all of the kids and then challenging them to create their own page for the sequel.  
Second Grade: Every second grader will be spending 50 minutes in my classroom to start off the year.  We will be reading a picture book with a great message about not giving up, facing obstacles, and how to foster creativity.  What Do You Do With an Idea by Kobi Yamada shows how ideas grow and change.  The second graders will be creating an abstract image to show an idea they have in their amazing minds. 
3-5 Project Arrow is going to begin our journey by working together to design and modify a city for superheroes.  Teams will be developing special features for the special residents of this city.  How will the city be hidden? What gadgets will it have? What will the metropolis look like?  These and many more questions will need to be discussed as we build our creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills.  We work together a lot in Project Arrow, so these skills are going to be essential for a successful year.  

Project Arrow Schedule
3PA 1:45-2:30
4PA 9:20-10:20
5PA 11:10-12:10

My Wish for my Students