In the beginning . . .

was a spectacular group of fifth grade students! 🙂

I am extremely fortunate to work with this group of children on a daily basis.  I know we just finished the first week of school and it’s not to say that we don’t have some things to work through, but I am truly enjoying getting to know each of the children in my class.  This week, we have spent  time: getting to know one another, exploring our classroom with a scavenger hunt, reading and discussing part of a chapter book, reading our own books, writing about how we feel as writers, making  a creative representation of the Robinson Road Rules, and doing team building activities, such as the Human Knot,  Saving Sammy and The Marshmallow Challenge!  Ask your fifth grader about some of these activities and how we are working to become more successful at attaining our goal with the “Human Knot” activity.

I would like for you to know that within any classroom, I strongly believe it is vital for children to initially get to know one another’s names and interests, notice, respect and befriend others who act, look, and learn similarly or differently than they do,  grow as a person of character as a result of conversations and activities surrounding topics such as: respect, courage, and kindness,  and develop a deep sense of belonging and comfort in both our classroom and school.  Whoa!  That’s a lot!  This is what we began working on this past week, and will continue throughout next week – along with an increased academic focus, of course.  After next week, we will continue to do community building activities sporadically throughout the year.

Below are some photos from this week so you can see what we have been doing.  Enjoy!

This photo is from our Saving Sammy activity.
This photo is from our Saving Sammy activity.
Our first attempt at solving the Human Knot.
Our first attempt at solving the Human Knot.
A skit being performed about our Robinson Road Rules of Respect.
A skit being performed about our Robinson Road Rules of Respect.
We did a scavenger hunt around our classroom and one of the activities was to switch shoes with your partner!
We did a scavenger hunt around our classroom and one of the activities was to switch shoes with your partner!
Another photo from our scavenger hunt.  The fifth graders needed to find a word in the dictionary and write down the page number.
Another photo from our scavenger hunt. The fifth graders needed to find a word in the dictionary and write down the page number.
A photo of a fifth grader answering questions about what he likes and dislikes about writing.
A photo of a fifth grader answering questions about what he likes and dislikes about writing.
Our first attempt at The Marshmallow Challenge.
Our first attempt at The Marshmallow Challenge.

Thanks for checking in with us after our first week.  Please leave a comment if you’d like to share your thoughts with us.  Have a great day!

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “In the beginning . . .

Please comment about what you're thinking!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s