Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My First Day of 5th Grade!...(Again)

 It's my first day of 5th grade... AGAIN!

 Thanks to my awesome partner Amie for organizing this photo shoot before school! She photographed the entire team next to our first day board.

After much anticipation, today was my first day with students! It was great to meet my new group of students! I get to meet my switch class tomorrow but it was fun getting to know my homeroom and trying to memorize and pronounce all their names. Tomorrow - I get to say them all without a name tag! It's always my goal every year. I feel like if I can know their names by day two, it's at least something in a HUGE school to make them feel more at home. Plus, it's nice when someone knows your name especially your teacher in a big school.

Today, we did some fun get to know you activities but I'm really excited to start talking about reading and writing tomorrow. I always start with the book, Miss Brooks Loves Books by Barbara Bottner.

Has anyone else read it? I love it! It's about girl who hates to read and a librarian that LOVES to read and dress up! It's a funny story and it's a quick read before my students take their reading and writing survey for me. It's great because shows them that they don't have to LOVE reading at the start of the year or that they don't have to love the same books as the teacher to be considered a great reader. Hopefully, my fifth graders this year will like the book as much as last year's group. Now, I just have to fight some rush hour traffic to pick up my hold from the library... Good thing they are open until 9pm.

Hope everyone else going back to school has a wonderful first day (or week!).

Are there any books you use to show a love for reading or writing in your classroom?


  1. Congrats on a successful first day! I'm loving your first day picture - too cute!
    Thanks for mentioning the book. I've never heard of it, but it is now in my Amazon cart! Hope you have a great 2nd day and good luck with those names!

  2. I always read Gooney Bird Greene at the beginning of the year. Great character details and she offers strategies for making personal narrative stories even better. She's a hoot!

  3. Yay! I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful first day! Wow! You are a rockstar if you can remember all your student's names by day 2! By the end of the first week I had them all down. We are in the midst of week 2. Last year, it was pretty easy since I moved up to 5th and had a lot of my previous 3rd graders. But this year I started all over at a new school.

    Fifth Grade Wit and

  4. I love the idea of using that book on the first day. I may have to check it out! Thanks for the tip!

    Simply Sixth Grade

  5. I'm glad your first day went well. Thank you for sharing the book title. I've not heard of it before, so I will check it out.

    Have a great weekend!


  6. Up the Learning Tree is a GREAT one for 5th because it is set during Civil War/slavery and talks about a sweet slave boy who thinks reading/learning = freedom!

    The Sweetest Thing
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