Tomorrow, I will be going back to school! My first day is August 7th, but the students' first day isn't until August 16th. Our in-service is over a week long! I'm excited to go back. I don't yet know who will be in my class, but I do know most of the kiddos coming into 5th. I requested a 4th grade roster before I left for summer and have been praying over all the student names on the list.
So besides putting a lot of prayer into this upcoming school year, what else have I been doing this summer? Honestly, I worked a lot over the summer on school stuff. Our school has an accreditation team visit to prepare for and all the teachers have been required to complete a million hours of paperwork. Seriously. We are having to recreate all of our units and complete something called a Unit Template; each one took me around one and a half hours to finish. I did about 40 Unit Templates, even though there are close to 100 total. Two other people are helping out with 5th grade's Unit Templates. That was my focus during the month of June.
Once July came, I was able to take a few trips and spend some time with family and friends. My husband and I took a vacation to the Florida Keys. We stayed in Key Largo, but traveled down to Key West and everywhere in between. We celebrated our 5th anniversary on our last day in the Keys. We spent the week snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and sight-seeing; it was a great trip!
Over the past couple weeks, I have been working on a few Pinterest projects for my classroom.
I created an "All About the Teacher" book:
HERE. She has great stuff!
I added Pom-Poms to my dry erase markers to create attached erasers for my students to use with their individual dry erase boards:
I made Birthday Balloons attached to silly straws:
Anyway, I had the idea to display letters that my 5th grade students from last year wrote to the 5th graders this year. I would simply post "WELCOME" on the board and that would be that for the first week of school. Kids could read the letters at their leisure, or the letters could be a great conversation piece at Orientation, the day before school. I had great plans! I used thumb tacks to sort of position everything and it looked awful! It was information overload and I just could not deal! So...I think I have an idea for a different Back-to-School board and I won't have to change the background or border. I'll have to reveal it once it's done. The letters, though, will still be read by the students and I'll even provide a link if you'd like to have your students write to the next class in the future.
CLICK HERE. As always, the font (and size) is distorted. I'm not sure why that happens when I post these Google Docs. Oh well.
Finally, I was able to catch up on some reading and check out 5th grade literature that I hadn't read before. I've got some great read alouds for this year!
As you can see, I had a busy, yet fun, summer. I was able to get a lot of work done and still had some time to relax. I had a wonderful break, but I'm ready to get back into my classroom!