Tried It Tuesday {First Day of School}

Yesterday was the first day of school with kids!  I am SUPER excited for this group of kids!  They are sweet and eager to get started!

I am trying my Back to School plans, as are several other teachers I work with, and so far they have been perfect!  You never know how your class with handle certain activities or lessons until you get a good feel for them.

Yesterday as they came into the room they found their name posters on their desk ready for them to color them in.

They really enjoyed this and it was a fun activity, and one that didn't require too much thinking on the first day back.  {Original idea came from Lessons With Laughter.}

I introduced how to play "Scoot" using Teaching With a Mountain View's Back to School Scoot. The kids loved it!  We also played Scoot for my 4th grade PreAssessment Cards.  The kids did really well and enjoyed the questions.

I introduced our class "Memory Jar", by Aimee at Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks.  I am having one student each day write a memory for the day. So that I can keep track student number 1 filled it out yesterday, number 2 today, and so on. I also read aloud the memory to the class before placing it in the jar. I can't wait to read all the memories at the end of the year!

We have done several Cooperative Learning activities so far to help students get to know each other and overcome their shyness.  Well, only a few are still shy, they do like to visit with one another :)

Finally, I printed out a "First Day of Fourth Grade" picture for my students to hold up for their picture.  I am using the pictures for our AR board, and to send home to their parents on Friday.  Here is a pic of my friends son, isn't he a cutie!?!

I absolutely am in love with this class, and it's only been TWO days!  I have taught the EC inclusion class for several years and this is the first year in a long time that I have a traditional class...I LOVE IT! I am looking forward to seeing how much they grow over the year, as well as my teaching.  

I can't wait to share with you how the rest of my plans went.  Would love to know if any of you have used anything from my back to school plans and how it went!


  1. I'm so glad your first day went so well! These are great ideas! I love Aimee's jars- I have the memory one and darn, I forgot to pull it out this year! I'll have to start it quick!
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  2. Yay for a great first day and a great class!! Looks like you've had two super days so far! Thanks for passing along the name poster idea. I bet our kiddos would love to color those! Cute! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
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  3. Awww...I love the idea of a memory jar. I still have time to sneak that one in and go buy a big jar. We start next week!

    I hope you can stop by my blog on Sunday to link up for my "A Peek at My Week" linky.

    Have a great week!
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. It looks like you've had a great couple days back!! Glad to hear you are enjoying your class!
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  5. Thanks for sharing your first week! Looks like it went well :) My kiddos LOVE Scoot, too!! :) Have a great rest of your week!


  6. What a great idea to the memory jar. I must try this with my kiddos. Glad you are having such a wonderful first week with your new kiddos! :)
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. I love your idea for the memory jar. I had one last year but didn't assign a student a day and it didn't work well. Students rarely would add to the jar. I love all the activities you shared and also have those back to school task cards. I forgot about them though and need to start working on my plans for BTS next week so this was perfect timing for me to get on track! Thanks for linking up:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  8. So glad you're having a great week Jess! :O) Love those first day pictures-adorable!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  9. It looks like you had a great first day. I'm glad you have such a nice group of students.

    I love your idea for the first day photos!



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