Saturday, September 8, 2012

First Week - DONE! (Plus a Classroom Jobs Freebie)

Well...I survived my first week as a 5th grade teacher! And boy...oh...boy am I BONE tired. I forgot how exhausting the first week of school is - my feet hurt, my head aches, and I can barely string together a coherent sentence. was a great first week of school.

Here are a few things that went well:

1. Our Get-To-Know-You Bingo

2. Collaboration lessons learned from a group competition - 5 groups raced to put together their SpongeBob puzzle first. Terrific opportunity to discuss working together, "divide and conquer" strategies and recognize persevering students who did NOT give up.

3. Dictionary Hunt -  After discussing a few dictionary terms, kids worked with a partner to hunt through a dictionary to find guide words, parts of speech, and definitions. They really loved this activity. Maybe I even won over a few dictionary naysayers.  :-) You can read more about this and get the handouts for free here.

4. Great Poetry Race Intro - more on this later!
5. Reflection Post-it Activity 

6. Classroom Jobs - Students generated ideas, I added my own, and then they applied for a job.  Here is the description and application sheets for you to download for free if you like. They are left in Excel format so you can adjust them however you want!  Just click here for the Classroom Jobs and click here for the Application.
So how has your school year gone so far?


  1. My first week was great! I did bingo, the post-it/ chart paper reflection activity, and the job application as well. I loved the responses I got from the job application!

    1. Hi Becky! So glad your first week went well - I'm still getting used to the new elementary routine instead of changing classes every 40 minutes.

  2. Sounds like a great week! After my first week, I was exhausted too. Week 2 was better, but I'm still getting used to waking up early. Hopefully, week 3 will be easier. I have an amazing class and I'm looking forward to teaching them all year.

    Good luck with week 2!!


    1. Thanks, Katrina! I alarm clock and I are NOT on good terms right now. Wish I could sleep in on the weekends more, but my dear daughters like to get up early. Oh well! My husband and I take turns sleeping in when we can. Coffee is my friend right now. ;-)

  3. I'm exhausted after my first week back too! My voice always hurts from talking through the many procedures and routines day after day. But we're still practicing this week! :) We did lots of get to know you games last week, but haven't set any goals yet. I like the reflection post-it activity for that purpose. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for sharing this freebie! I am your newest follower!!

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  5. Corinna - I _LOVE_ your blog and my co-teachers and I have used multiple ideas from you. I have been looking at your classroom jobs. How did your jobs work through out the year? I'm a little leery of a LONG list of jobs that I'll neglect and forget to utilize. It also looks like maybe your kids kept their same jobs for a long time. All year? A quarter? A month? How did it work out throughout the year?

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