September 5th, 2008
Today, students completed the library skits they planned yesterday. We learned how to keep books safe by not writing in them, throwing them, bending or ripping pages or cover, or stuffing them in desks.
Students also turned in their first homework assignment. Most students had the work completed. I told students that missing work next week would required them to stay in at recess in order to finish the work.
A few students brought in items for our class pride board, and it’s filling up fast. But there is still room, so your student is still welcome to bring in three items for the board if they haven’t already.
We finished the day with Team Day, full of team-building activities. We started with “Sticky Ankles.” The class had to line up shoulder to shoulder, ankles touching. Without separating ankles, students had to moving the line to a marker three feet ahead. It took several tries, but the group listened to each other, worked hard, and solved the problem.
We then broke into groups for four stations:
- Human Knot: students had to untie a tangled knot of arms when they held hands in across a circle, all the while not letting go.
- Helium Hoop: students had to lower a hula hoop, using just one finger, without any group member letting their finger become separated from the hoop.
- All Aboard: students had to pile on a sheet; each successful time the sheet was folded in half until the group had to work creatively to fit and keep everyone on the sheet.
- Tree Knot: students had to until a knot in a rope around a tree by holding onto a rope and not letting go.
Students learned that teamwork involves listening to others, helping others, accepting help, talking to the group, and working on a problem together, not individually.
A special thanks to all the parents who helped manage the stations on Team Day! We couldn’t have done it without you!
- Yellow magnets: 3
- Orange magnets: 0
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 3
- Please complete and return the enclosed forms from your student’s first day folder, if you haven’t already.
- I’ve asked students to bring in up to three things to put up on our Pride Board. Students are welcome to bring photos, awards, medals-anything that can be put on a bulletin board. Students can replace the items at any time and will get them back at the end of the year.
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- Find a list of school supplies here. I have poly envelopes for sale for $0.75 each, and dry erase markers for $0.75-$1.00.