I got my August SLANT box right at the end of the first week of school. It was perfect timing. This first week was definitely very stressful and crazy. I don't quite remember the first week being this crazy last year. Maybe I blocked it out since it was my first year and I was too overwhelmed. Who knows. But I did get the BEST SLANT box ever!
Included in my box was an awesome banner for my classroom, a shark book, 2 different types of blue pens, sticky notes, dog treats, reese's pieces, and a card. My puppies are already loving the new treats.
In other news, I had my students play the get to know you Jenga game. They had a good time. In fact, they had so much fun, that they've been grabbing it to play when we have extra time in my smaller classes. It was such a great idea!
This year, I'm trying out having a set weekly schedule for my classes so that they know what to expect and to make things easier for me when I have meetings during class times on set days. For my science classes I'm planning on using this schedule:
* Monday - lecture/power point/ introduce new material
* Tuesday - review new material, do an activity (hopefully flippables!)
* Wednesday - work with nonfiction texts
* Thursday - lab day!
* Friday - quiz, notebook grading, science in the news
Tuesdays are my day when I typically have meetings, so I'm hoping that they'll be able to do the activity on their own or as a class without me having to be there every single time. This week will be a good trial week since I already have 2 meetings scheduled for this Tuesday so I'll definitely miss at least one class.
In my environmental science class, I want to have them read Hoot,but I'm not quite sure how to include it into my class time. I'm thinking of maybe having a set 5-10 minutes at the end of class everyday where we read the book together. I think it'll work out well with them. Thankfully, this class is my juniors who I had last year and they are much better at listening to me and behaving than my sophomores are. They definitely have a lot of growing up to do.
Off to more lesson planning for my 6 different preps!