I finally found some time to share our first week in the classroom.
If you have been following for a while you know that last year I was teaching secondgrade. This year I am back to first and loving every minute.
I will be teaching Art to first and second grade too.
So our first week went superfast as always. I spent most of the time working on transitions and expectations. And I can see some of that now.
We started with a small game/chant to know each other and then we made a minibook about our first day in first grade. You can find a similar one here.
We did first day crowns too. I forgot taking pictures so I am sharing them for free. Click on the picture to download the freebie with English and Spanish crowns (only first and second grade available).
During the next days we worked on more rules and expectations, our favorite book was David goes to School or David va al colegio. We read the book and we had a discussion about classroom rules. Lots of don’t pee on the table, or don’t spit in your friend’s schoolbag… I have a funny bunch this year.
When we could make a decision I wrote the on an anchor chart and drew David. By the time I was drawing it the kids where drawing it too on their desks. They had never done a directed drawing so I gave them a little help. Feel free to use it with your kids.
I just love GoNoodle! My kids love it too. And it is free!
What else can you ask for?
Some of my teacher friends don’t use it because it is not in Spanish. But this it can be easily adapted.
Here you can see a screenshot I took of my computer.
My kids do not understand most of the brain breaks. They find them funny but they just don’t understand. So what I do is that I use the dance/run ones. They even catch some of the lyrics. Zumba is easy but their favorite is Koo Koo Kagaroo.
One of the things that I like about GoNoodle is Maximo or the other relaxing videos. My kids don’t understand them at all. They just can’t follow.
What can you do? Just click on the YouTube icon and add what you need. We all have our favorite Spanish songs, chants… I added some relaxing ones and the times tables songs. So worth it!
Once you have the videos that you like you just use them in the classroom.
As soon as we started GoNoodling in the classroom parents asked me about it. You can invite them to use it at home by sending a letter home.
I have created some Spanish posters. Feel free to use them There are some great printables on the GoNoodle blog too.
Another great thing about GoNoodle is that you can buy lots of goodies on their GoNoodle store. My kids went crazy when I gave them tattoos last year. I may get some pencil for my new firsties.
Remember to use the Back to School code if you want to get some goodies.
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I am not ready, of that I am sure…
We don’t go back until September, but I know that many of you are already waking up early and attending school meetings. And what does a teacher need at the beginning of the year? Resources and coffee!
Scroll down to see What I have been working on and the giveaway.
Some new science foldables are on the way:
The clipart is being drawn specifically for each foldable so it is completely unique.
I am also working on revamping my oldies. If you own any of these, redownload.
If you haven’t visited for a while you maybe you remember my old blog design. It was a free one I found some years ago. It was time to have a good design. I love this new look. If you want to have a new design click here. I loved that it was created from scratch just for me and the designer made it personal. THANKS!!!
And now the giveaway! Good luck!
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