03 January 2016

Sharing Sunday - January

Confession - I totally missed out on December's Sharing Sunday. I just couldn't. Honestly, I felt a bit like a train wreck, with a million different things going on, and I just couldn't make it happen. That's the part where teaching and life collide (see what I did there?) Anyway, I'm super excited to be back with my fellow Peaches for January's Sharing Sunday!

I teach in a suburb of Atlanta, and teachers go back on Monday (hooray for a planning day - raise your hand if you wouldn't mind having a few more of these!), and kiddos come back Tuesday, and I'm excited to get back into the swing of things! Stressed about what you'll do the first day back? No worries...here's what I'm doing:
We all just rang in the new year, and I like to be super reflective (as always) and think about some goals I have for the new year (read more about those here), and I like for my students to do the same!

Teaching kids to be reflective is important! Naturally, we start our day by talking about and sharing all the excitement that goes with our break.

Take a look a these FREE resources I've used in the past (still not sure which one I'll use this year).

Winter Break Snapshots Journal | Rachel Rosenblit
Snapshots from My Winter Break | Not So Wimpy Teacher
Snapshots of Winter Break | Aimee VanMiddlesworth

You can find them all here, on my January Pinterest board :)
But then we jump right in to being reflective, and thinking about goals!

I start by asking my kiddos what they think a resolution is! Talk about some HILARIOUS responses...and we record on this brainstorming sheet:
Then we read Squirrel's New Year's Resolution, which has THE most perfect definition of a resolution: "A resolution is a promise you make to yourself to be better or to help others."

Then, to help us get back in the groove, we retell the story using a beginning, middle, end graphic organizer, take a little reading comprehension quiz, and of course, write about our own goals and resolutions - students can either write in more of a personal narrative format, or they can use a graphic organizer to tell about a resolution for home, school, and helping others.

I use this book companion.

For most of January we put to use all the addition and subtraction strategies we've learned by continuing to practice WORD PROBLEMS! Yikes! Fortunately, a little fun, and daily practice make them totally manageable!
January also begins our 3rd nine weeks (umm, holy crap!) and we spend the ENTIRE quarter working on folktales (mostly fairy tales and fables), and we're starting with a gingerbread unit! I know lots of people do this in December, but I just can't seem to fit it in! So, it's the perfect way to bring lots of excitement to coming back from a long break, and kicking off folktales!
I'm going to have my sweet kiddos make some sort of gingerbread trinket (can't call it an ornament since Christmas is over, right?). Take a look at these recipes I found on Pinterest!

Not going to be doing gingerbread? No worries! Take a look at these winter-themed read-alouds!
Head over to The Primary Peach for more ideas to get you and your classroom ready for January! You can find them here!

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  1. Fabulous post, Theresa! I love all the ideas you shared. I can't believe it's the 3rd nine weeks either! (though I'm not complaining..ha!)

  2. I have GOT to find that Squirrel book - It looks adorable! I can't wait to see what my kids write for their resolutions. Thanks for the ideas and resources!

    School and the City

  3. Wow! What a list of resources and the book suggestions are amazing! Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas!

    Notes From the Portable


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