I am sure you aren't surprised my Five For Friday didn't make it up ON Friday... After the first week back in school, I was POOPED!!! I spent a lot of time this week making sure my students understand the importance of community in our classroom. Here are a few things we did!
We use these books to help us make lists of things we will do in our classroom to demonstrate The Golden Rule- and these lists stay posted in the room all year.
This book is one of my new favorites! It went PERFECTLY with The Golden Rule and also led to great conversations about bullying and how to handle it. Lucy is a unique little girl who is getting picked on by a boy named Ralph. My kids suggested very quickly as we read the book that Ralph is probably mean because he was sad on the inside (he was sitting alone on the bus while Lucy and her friend sat together talking and laughing). I was impressed! Poor Lucy was having a hard time sleeping and eating because the boy was being such a bully, and she was afraid of being a tattletale. Lucy did a good job in the book of using her words, but it didn't work... We talked about when we should tell an adult, and when we should try to work it out on our own. In the end, she followed The Golden Rule, even though it was really hard to do so. This was the perfect book to show that we don't just treat our friends the way we want to be treated, but we treat EVERYONE that way.freebie in my store!)
Fearless 5th Grade's Saving Fred activity, so we did it again this year! The students must get a life preserver (Gummy Saver) out from under a capsized boat (a cup) and around Fred (a gummy worm) WITHOUT touching anything with their fingers! They are only allowed to use paper clips, and they can't impale Fred!
Last year, I only had half of my class successfully save Fred. They broke the gummy savers, they drowned Fred (dropped him too many times)... but this year, EVERY group saved Fred! I was so excited! I hope this is a sign it will be great year of working together and getting along! :o)
Since this is such a fun motivator for students to work as a team, I'm also going to link this up with my BBB, Joanne!
Lastly, we set goals for this year using The Helpful Counselor's SMART Goals!
(I was going to share some of my students' goal sheets with you, but I didn't get a chance to get pictures because we had horrible storms yesterday afternoon and I had to get home before it got really bad! I will update the post on Monday when I can get some pictures.)
This is a great way to help students set goals because they understand all of the parts to actually achieve their goal! I highly recommend it.
I hope you all had an excellent week! I know lots of you aren't back to school yet, so maybe this gives you some good ideas of things to try! :)