Happy, happy evening, friends! Today marked Day 5 of my life in 1st grade, and it is rather wonderful. In fact, my heart is so full. I’m happy and relieved and in love. I have 23 friends who are so loving and kind and talkative and silly and joyful. Learning is exciting and there is an underlying urgency to be growing as readers, writers, and leaders. Last year in 5th grade, my ‘word’ for the year was ‘endurance’. This year, my word is ‘refresh.’ This year is a great perspective in team work, positivity, common goal setting, and united school vision. My first week has been wonderful, and I’m so excited to share with you our first 2 days together. 🙂
My sweet friends were SO excited. They could not wait to see what books I had placed in their book bins (4-6 books of varying levels, until I have benchmarked students). So what was the verdict? We all held our reading stamina for 1 minute 42 seconds before we needed to come together and regroup. Ohmyword. This was definitely a moment of panic for me. My initial thought? Houston, we’re not in 5th grade anymore – ha! 🙂
After brainstorming, we wrote sentences about our favorite parts of the day and illustrated our ideas. This sweet friend loved writing! #agirlaftermyownheart
After exploring the sunflower, we took time naming him. After every student shared an idea, we went back to our tables and narrowed our choices down to six (one per table..although two tables did choose the same name). This is the first time I introduced a Kagan structure – round table. After each table synergized, we came back together as a class to create a class bar graph. Our five name-choices were – Sunny, Fuzzy, Mr. Sunflower, Snowflake, and Trevor.
Initially, Sunny and Fuzzy were tied. Once we eliminated all the different choices and we took a re-vote, Fuzzy was victorious. So, friends, I introduce you to Fuzzy!
On our second day, we were so excited to meet our Reading Stamina goal of 2 minutes! After reviewing the Read-to-Self Expectations, we built our reading stamina to 2 minutes 37 seconds – woohoo. A small, but so-important victory. 🙂
To close out our day, we read the classic – If You Take a Mouse to School… So many of my friends had read the original Numeroff book, so we were able to make some great text-to-text connections!
My outside bulletin board has this teaser on it, so I was waiting for my friends to share their ideas! Our focus this year is “A Love for Reading” so we spent much of our first days together practicing, talking about, and planning for our reading!