First Week...Check!

Phew! I made it through the first week of first grade for the 7th year in a row :) I am loving my little guys so far and am excited for a new year. Last year I had 14 students and this year I am blessed with 21! Let me tell you, I thought the bathroom line was slow is a whole other story.

Last week we focused on getting to know each other and routines/procedures. One of the class favorites was our Find Someone Who game. Students had to learn about new friends and record their names on the scavenger hunt sheet. I was nervous about my non readers at first but the pictures really seemed to help. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they all did talking, recording, and moving around the room.

We spent a lot of time reading stories together (Chrysanthemum, The Crayon Box that Talked, My Mouth is a Volcano) and discussing the lessons learned. We also created our Teacher Job/Student Job anchor chart. We discussed what each of our roles looks like, sounds like, and feels like. We also brainstormed what our job is not supposed to look like, etc
 This upcoming week we will work on our 3 Bee's anchor charts (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful). Here is a sample from last year.
Lastly, here is a special treat for you. Click the picture of the letter below to download your own copy. I plan on passing one out to each of my grade level team members (a little late but that's ok). Have a great start to your week!


  1. Hi Kayla,

    I love your teacher survival kit but I am wanting to give them to my entire staff. Do you have a copy of the poem that matches your "Back to School Survival Kit" labels? I was hoping to print the letter with that heading instead of "Teacher Survival Kit"

    Kelly Atkinson (Dean)

  2. Hi Kelly! I just made the changes for you. Please email me at so I know where to send the new poem :)