Friday, September 5, 2014

Off to a Great Start!

The first week of school is in the history books, and what a great week it was!

Here's a peek inside the classroom at some of the things we did over this busy first week.

We started out on the first day playing some get-to-know you games.

We discussed together what type of classroom we wanted and brainstormed some ideas about how we wanted it to run. Our Social Contract and rules for the classroom came from these ideas.

We did some team building activities. The marshmallow challenge was a lot of fun.

We also had fun trying to get the hula hoop all the way around the circle without letting go of our hands.

We decorated our Writer's Notebooks and they look great!

Of course we had time to get started on math and reading.

Then on Friday we got to do something I had been wanting to do for quite some time. We did our first Mystery Skype. A Mystery Skype is an activity where two classes Skype to each other and use clues to figure out what state (or country) we are Skyping with. What a fun way to learn about geography! It is a great problem solving activity and it fits perfectly with our upcoming Social Studies unit about the Regions of the United States.

More Mystery Skypes to come!

Finally, on Friday, at the very end of a VERY hot day. it was a good time to sit and reflect over the week that just finished. We talked together about some of the favorite things we did this week, and then we used the iPads and the technology tool Padlet to share together what we liked the best. Padlet is a digital bulletin board and a great way for all of us to see what each other's favorite activities were.

Here is the Padlet we created.

As you can see, a very busy week! What do you think of our first week of school?

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