Today was my last Tuesday of the school year! Yippie!! I still have to make it through Awards Day, Epic Field Trip, and another 1/2 day but I think I've got this! This week for Tried it Tuesday I wanted to share what we did in class today.
I started out the year by reading First Day Jitters by Julie Danenburg. It is one of my favorites for back to school!
Since we'd already had an introduction to Mrs. Hartwell I chose to read First Year Letters as a way to wrap up the end of the year.
My kiddos liked getting a peek inside Mrs. Hartwell's classroom after she'd had such a rough start with the year. The illustrations in this book are great because there are all sorts of little "hidden" things to discover.
The last page in the book is a letter from Mrs. Hartwell to her students telling them how much she'd enjoyed the year. We had a talk about how much I'd enjoyed having them as students this year, all the fun we'd had, and how they will do great in 5th grade!
Then I asked them to write me a letter using the 2 stars and a wish method. Their letter needed to include two things we'd done that they liked and one thing they wish we'd done.
The letters were all very sweet and were a great source of feedback for me. Through the letters I discovered that my students love the time we spend reading together at the carpet and also their independent reading time in class.
Some wished they didn't have to read at home and several wanted to learn more details about topics we'd studied in Social Studies! Playing more games was mentioned in several letters. Having more fun at school was one of the goals in my "Next Year I Will Definitely..." post, so I guess I need to include games in the fun!