I also add to my "August" box, putting in materials I will use at the beginning of next year. In August, actually try to put those items back after I use them, but it helps to check it over and I often switch out things, such as new read-aloud books I have discovered that year, that I want to read that first week. Here is a brief list of what's inside my "August" box.
- A master copy of all student folders and the copies that are inside them.
- Back to School forms I use specific to my classroom (parent information packets, information sheet, class lists to be updated, etc.)
- Open House signs
- Back to School bookmarks
- Copies for the first day of school and for the first couple of weeks
- August envelope of word wall words
- Read aloud books
- Crafts we make those first days
- First week's lesson plans
One of the copy sets I make is for morning work. For my third graders, I go ahead and get copies made and store them in my "August" box. These are great to serve as review of second grade skills at the beginning of the year. They are engaged and allow me to get all those morning duties accomplished. Since some students don't arrive until just as the bell is ringing for the start of school, I want to give them ample to time to get this work done as well. Toward the end of we go over these morning work sheets together as student use a red pen to make corrections (no official grade). I walk the room, making notes of skills that need more work, then I have students put them in their cubby, where papers that go home are put. Parents appreciate frequent feedback, seeing what they can review with their children. Occasionally I collect them and give out rewards to perfect papers. This is the incentive they need to always give it their best. They never know which one I will collect.
Click on the picture below to get your copy of what I use for morning work for my third graders, Daily Math and Language: August. If you have your students visiting the library and taking AR tests as their morning activity, you may want to use this as homework. Due to the nature of common core, and the frequent hands on work in the classroom, there are many times I don't have a skill sheet to send home specific to what we did in class that day. If that happens to you as well, then that's a perfect time to use this resource. There are at least 20 activities per monthly pack, so you will have a new one each day. These skills grow in scope and sequence through each monthly product, making great homework resources.
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