## Monday, August 30, 2010

### The First Day!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing summer! I am looking forward to a fun year of learning!!

I believe this begins the third year of maintaining a class blog. I do my best to post daily. I sincerely hope this blog becomes a tool that allows you to discover what your child is doing each day and answer any questions you might have regarding teaching methods and daily assignments.

I do my best to use appropriate spelling and grammar...but sometimes I am in a rush. So, in advance, I apologize to any of you writers out there!

OK...so let's move on to today...

We did NOTHING!

JUST kidding...but isn't that what your kids will say???

Unfortunately, the first day isn't very exciting...the teacher (that's me!) does a lot of talking and the students do a lot of listening. So, if your child says that third grade is boring...today was...but it WILL get better!

We began the day by reviewing morning routines such as unpacking, ordering lunch and completing morning work. Then we switched for math.

Students taking third grade math will be in my class. Mr. Vogel is teaching fourth grade math to a group of third graders. In math, we set up our math journal and began a warm up. The students listed various ways to compose the number 321. Examples include, 300+21, 310+11, etc. There is no math homework this evening!

After math, the children returned to their assigned homerooms for our reading/language arts block. We spent time setting up our binder and learning how to use the planner. Then we read and discussed a poem about the first day of school.

For homework, the children need to reread the poem and complete a worksheet using the poem.

Just prior to lunch, the children spent some time getting to know each other better. They each received a worksheet with 20 statements on it (...has brown eyes, is left-handed, etc.). Their job was to walk around the room and talk to their classmates in order to find a person whose name could be put into a blank on the worksheet thereby making the statement true. The children had a lot of fun with this activity!

Following lunch and recess the students went to art. When they return to the classroom, we will review the getting to know you activity and then begin brainstorming what the children "know" about fingerprints...our first science unit is Crime Lab Science.

After that we will pack up and go home!

Back to School Night is THIS Thursday, September 2 at 7 pm.

Dana Holman said...

Thank you! It was a great day!

alaina dahlin said...

Roger agrees - GREAT first day!

Dana Holman said...

Thanks so much for the support!!!! Great kids = great day!!!

I truly hope you find this blog helpful.

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