My year long holiday (parental leave) finished with a bang this week as I headed back to the classroom. I am working two days a week in a year three class. My job share partner is an awesome chick, who also has a little one about the same age as my youngest. I am looking forward to the year ahead.
The first days of school are always filled with nervousness, for both teachers and students. But it is also fun getting to know a new bunch of names and the personalities that go with them. I love the challenge of learning my students names as quickly as I can. I like to introduce these songs in the first week to help me learn their names. It also helps the students learn each others names.
You’re Wanted on the Telephone Song
Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar
I made one of these for each of my students, (found floating around Pinterest.)
I then used them to do some bubble blowing activities in the afternoon, when everyone was hot and a bit tired. We worked in partners to count how many bubbles they could blow in 1 minute and how many bubbles they could catch with their wand in 1 minute. We did some fact finding and writing about bubbles and did observations about what bubbles looked like. I have to say this was one of the most fun back to school activities I have ever done. It also showed me a lot about the students. I found out who gets overexcited and spills their bubble mixture, who is a great partner worker, who is friends with who, who whinges most, who can follow instructions really well and so on. It was quite insightful!
An ongoing activity that I am going to be doing with my class this year is making a tabbed booklet for each month.
This idea was inspired by the book An Aussie Year; Twelve Months in the Life of Australian Kids.
I will be using this book throughout the year to support my teaching of the year 3 History curriculum which is all about special days and celebrations. So to teach this content in a way that highlights all the special days through the year I am going to make one of these each month with my class. It will also work well to consolidate the year 2 Maths content of knowing the order of the months and seasons. I have made the first one free over at my TpT Store. Look out for the others in the coming months.
Now for week 2!