Sunday, August 25, 2013

August SLANT Box!

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!


  1. So fun! I love that banner that was made for you!!! So Cute!


    1. I love it too! I'm so glad that you set this up! It's been such an amazing experience and I can't wait till next month.

  2. You got it! So strange seeing the things I bought/made on your blog! I do hope you enjoy everything..:)

    Glad you are enjoying your school year so far!I love Hoot and let my sophomores watch it at the end of the school year and they loved it! Have fun with it...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
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    1. I love everything that you sent. I feel like someone should have been there documenting my face when I saw the book on sharks. It is so amazing!

      I'm definitely borrowing the idea of using Hoot in my classroom from another teacher's pinterest board. I'm glad to hear that your students love watching Hoot too.

    2. I am so glad you loved it! I was hoping you didn;t already have the shark book...I saw it and knew it was the perfect thing! :)

    3. I definitely don't already have it! It really was perfect and definitely made the end of the first week of school so much better!

  3. The banner is so cute! This was a great experience. I can't wait for September SLANT! :)

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