Sunday, June 25, 2017

Starting Off Class the Right Way!

Happy Monday, y'all! I shared this pic on Instagram a few weeks ago and y'all wanted to know more about it, so that's what this post is all about today!

We all know how important it is to start off class the right way! When you teach lower elementary, there's always "calendar time" where you add the new date and go over the same thing every day like the days of the week, the months of the year, what today is, what tomorrow will be, what yesterday was, etc. We do that so that the kids will understand it better. That's the beauty of a spiral review. 

When I started thinking about how to incorporate this into upper elementary, I looked at what skills the kids struggle with and need the most reinforcement. To start off with, I decided on character traits (which is really also increasing student vocabulary), greek and latin roots, and idioms. I combined this with my agenda board ( a list of daily tasks that need to be completed during that day's lesson) and the focus question/ lesson standard/objective and came up with a meeting board that is perfect for starting off each class! 

Now, we all know that we can create the perfect area and the perfect board setup, but we have to hold the students accountable, right?? That's where the interactive notebook pages come in!

If you are looking for something a little more in depth, there are different options for interactive notebook pages in the Greek and Latin Roots resource and the Idioms resource. 

Routine is key and using this type of bulletin board will create a meeting type area that can be easily implemented into an upper elementary classroom. You can find these three resources mentioned above bundled if you want to save a little!


  1. Are the interactive notebook pages only included in the bundle? I already own character traits, just need to pick up the other two...

    1. No, they are also included in the individual units. :) :)

  2. This is actually very good. Interactive notebooks are the greatest idea ever! I think this is totally perfect for fifth-graders to help them go though their schooling with ease.

  3. Thank you for such a great resource!! My question is after they copy the information onto the form what do you have students do with the 3 a day information? In other words how do you have them apply that information? Is there any type of assessment you do with it?