Included in this pack is pretty much everything I use to get through the first week, including items for my Data Wall, getting to know the students, establishing procedures, and other first-week things I may need. These materials work hand in hand with my Data Notebooks, which are also an essential piece of my back to school season. To view my data notebooks, click here: first edition
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TABLE OF CONTENTS (for this product):
Data walls are a great tool to keep students accountable for their progress and motivated to achieve more. I teach at a Baldrige School that requires both data walls and data notebooks (also available in my store). A data wall is a space in your classroom to display whole class percentages on tests, goals, expectations, etc. The items included in this pack that would make a great addition to any data wall, especially:
-Data Charts by Subject
In my classroom, I track either class averages or class pass rates for our unit tests by subject.
I laminate this piece and we set a new goal every week at our class meeting.
ex. VISION: We will be rock star learners and pass our end of year tests.
MISSION: We will pay attention, study hard, and ask when we need help.
We discuss, record, and post “My Job (teacher), Your Job (student), Our Job (class).
This is another Baldrige tool where students create a diagram out a person by labeling how they would use each of their body parts to meet quality expectations (ex. hands for helping, brain for thinking, quiet feet, heart for caring, etc.)
Classroom Expectations (Rules)
I included a blank sheet for you to create your own expectations with your students. I also included the expectations my school uses with the acronym SOAR (Show Respect, Be Organized, Act Appropriately, Be Responsible). Included for the SOAR acronym is a anchor chart and a sort. The students will sort the examples of each behavior on to the S.O.A.R. posters as we discuss each expectation.
*GET TO KNOW YOU*
Included are some of the activities I use to get to know my students better during the first week:
-Gallery Walk Posters
I hang the question posters (“How many siblings do you have?”, “How do you learn best?”, etc.) around the classroom and give each student a strip of address labels with their name. I play music and give the students time to roam the room and place their name sticker on the poster above the response that best describes them. Afterwards, we sit as a class to talk about the posters and may even use the data to create a Venn diagram.
During the first week of school, I assign a topic a day and give the students 10 minutes writing time to get them used to prompt writing again. I model for the students by responding to the prompt during a think-aloud first so I can model my writing notebook expectations. The prompt topics included are a great way to elicit conservation and get to know your students better while also letting them get to know you. I copy the prompts, cut them out, and then hand them out to the students. The students glue the prompts to the top of their paper and add the date before responding.
I always create a birthday graph with the students during the first week to review graphing skills and make a permanent birthday chart for our room. I give each student a cupcake. They color, write their name, and write the day of their birthday. I glue the month titles along the bottom of a piece of butcher paper and the students add their cupcake to the graph using a glue stick.
-How I Spent My Summer Vacation
I always read “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” by Mark Teague during the first week. The students respond by either writing a true story about their summer or creating a fictional story about their summer. The students read aloud their writings and the class tries to guess if each writing is a fact or fiction story.
- “I Have a Problem” Chart
I always set up a problem solution T-chart with the title, “Help! I Have a Problem!” The students take turns drawing a scenario card out of a bag. We glue the scenario card under the “Problem” header and then discuss possible solutions. When we come up with the best solution, we write it under the “Solution” header. This T-chart is hung in our room for students to refer to when they have a problem.
-How to Treat Books
Included is a blank poster for you to create your own book rules with your students and a completed poster with the book rules of my classroom.
-Give Me Five
The “Give Me Five” anchor chart is how I always teach my kids to settle down and give me their attention quickly. We practice this a lot during the first week and every time I say, “Give Me Five”, I always count down the rules (ex. “One-eyes on me, two-listening ears, three-mouths closed, etc.”) By the time I count down all 5, students are expected to be ready for whatever I have asked them to do.
I always hang this anchor chart above my door and I point to it every time we leave the classroom for the first week of school. I included the typical “HALL” acronym as well as a blank anchor chart for you to create your own with your students. I left blank space at the bottom of the anchor chart, where I will add a picture of my class standing in a quality line.
-Real vs. Fake Reading
While setting up reading workshop expectations, my class and I discuss and model real vs. fake reading. I pass out the example cards to each student and the students sort them one by one as we discuss whether it describes a real or fake reader.
*OTHER PIECES INCLUDED*
-Goal Setting Organizer
Goal setting is a big part of student data notebooks and student accountability. I always model how to fill out the organizer by selecting a goal for myself and walking them through the process. After my students fill out the organizer, I have them turn it into a letter to the principal describing their goals for the quarter. We check-in every Monday at the end of our class meeting to see if they are on target for meeting their goal and we set a new goal each quarter.
At the beginning of the year, I always start portfolios for my kiddos. It is typically just in the form of a manila file folder. Throughout the year as we complete writings or other cute activities, I just file them into the student’s folders. I usually try to add at least one piece a month and I put in projects as I take them down out of the hallway. The students always love getting this as a memento on the last day. To finish up the portfolio, I tape the sides of the file folder to make a pocket and add a goodbye poem and class picture to the front.
Get Ready for Back to School:
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-Editable Student Data Notebook
-Homework Binder & Parent Pack
-Editable Sub Binder
-Editable Meet The Teacher Day Kit
-First Week & Data Wall Essentials
-Editable Daily Schedule Cards
-Editable Classroom Rules Posters
-Editable Objective Poster Freebie
-Editable Classroom Jobs Display