I'd love to come up with some clever title for this post, but this week has been wild, weird, wonky, and quite frankly has wiped me o-u-t! We had our back to school Open House on Thursday, so the majority of this past week has been busy prepping for it.
And then came the big night...
Wait - for -it...
I had a whopping 6 families come.
Actually, I had more of my families from last year come to visit me then this year's class. At least I had somebody to talk to. Ha!
Needless to say, I am a little disappointed. I've had low numbers in the past, but I guess I was spoiled because last year's class was so attentive to all of our school events. Even if my parents couldn't afford to buy things or help with homework, I knew they cared because they always came to show support. Let's hope this one event isn't indicative for the rest of the year!!
However, our class did have lots of fun together. We are becoming budding scientists and learning all about those important "Senses."
Here's our Anchor Chart. The kids helped complete it.
Then, they made their own examples of the anchor chart.
Some didn't complete their chart before I took the pictures, but they have since then.
I cut out the head, hands, and t-shirts for times sake. They did the rest.
Currently, we are working on a flap book as we test all of our senses. I'll post more about it when it is completed. It is a great lesson to help my students to become more aware and observant as they grow and learn.
On a side note, have you heard of Smilebox?
It is this great program that allows you to use your photos to make great products. You can make digital scrapbook pages, ecards, calendars, photo pages, and slideshows.
I love to use it to make slideshows for my class. For example, for lessons like this Senses one, I will take pictures throughout the lesson and make a quickie slideshow. Then, I can upload it into my class website. By the end of the year, I have almost 20 slideshows from events or lessons throughout the year! My parents loved to see their child participating in school. Some even told me that they would send the link of my website to their family members (ie - Grandma).
|Screen shot of my Smilebox Page|
Such an easy and great way to document a wonderful year in first grade!Senses Kid Tracers