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Goals for Week 1
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Establish predictability and sense of safety
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Encourage and share experiences and connections to create a welcoming and inclusive environment
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Create a sense of belonging and significance for students
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Community ConnectionMonday- No SchoolTuesday- No SchoolWednesday 9/6Thursday 9/7Friday 9/8
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GreetingFirst Name Introduction and Good Morning-Each student introduces themselves with their first name: "Hello, my name is________, The class responds, "Good morning, __________"First Name Self-Introduction - Remind and model how to gather for Community Connection. Then explain the greeting. Begin by introducing yourself: “Good morning. My name is _______.” Invite all students to respond by saying, “Good morning, _______.”
Then invite one student to continue by introducing themselves to the class: “Good morning.
My name is _______.” The class responds, “Good morning, _______!” Each student takes a turn introducing themselves until all students have been greeted.
Good Morning with a wave - Invite students to begin Community Connection Time and remind them that they will continue to get to know each other and learn each other’s names.
Begin by greeting one student with a wave. That student returns your greeting with a wave, then greets the student to their left with a wave, and that person greets them back with a wave.
Teacher: “Good morning, [Student 1]!” (waves)
Student 1: “Good morning, [teacher]!” (waves); “Good morning, [Student 2]!” (waves)
Student 2: “Good morning, [student 1]!” (waves); “Good morning, [Student 3]!” (waves)
The greeting proceeds until all students have been greeted and greeted others.
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Share Out (optional week 1)Something I feel - Explain to students that the beginning of the year can bring many different feels all wrapped up inside. Tell students that you will share many different feelings that you have experienced, and if they feel the same way, they can indicate this with a “me too” gesture like a thumbs up or a hand raise. Share several feelings and emotions and allow students to show a connection. Say:
“Sometimes I feel_______.” • excited
• nervous
• shy
• scared • angry • silly
• happy
Around the Circle Colors -Tell the students they will be sharing a color they like. Provide a few examples, and then give think time. Alert students that you will using the information that people share during the group activity, Who Remembers? Invite students to brainstorm strategies they plan to use to help them remember what was said. As students share, take notes to use in creating Who Remembers? questions for the group.
When students are ready, have them complete the following sentence: “A color I like is ___________.” Students take turns sharing.
Around the Circle Animals - Remind students that just as they did yesterday, they are going to find out more about each other during the around-the-circle share. Tell the students that today they will be sharing an animal they like. Provide a few examples, and then give think time.
When students are ready, have them complete the following sentence: “An animal I like is ___________.” Students take turns sharing.
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Group ActivityOne Thing you Like to do - Let students know that they're each going to pantomime an activity they enjoy doing. Give them a minute to think of an activity and a simple movement they can do to represent that activity (for example, pretending to swing a baseball bat). Going around the circle, each student does his or her movement. Classmates can raise their hand to guess the activity. Remind students to wait until the pantomime is finished before raising their hand to guess. The student demonstrating their activity can allow two guesses before sharing what was being pantomimed. Continue around the circle.
Tip: If you have a large group of students, consider taking volunteers or doing half of the group today and continuing with the other half of the group tomorrow.
Who Remembers- After everyone has shared, ask questions about the information that was shared. For example: “Who remembers someone who likes the color magenta?” “Who remembers someone who likes a color that could be the color of a fruit?” “Who said they like a shade of blue?” The activity ends when you have had the students recall most of their classmates’ colors. Also, finish group activity from yesterdayWhen I Grow Up - Invite students to stand or sit for this activity. Before you begin, brainstorm several jobs and practice pantomiming actions that illustrate something a person with that particular job would do. Then, identify which student will begin. The first student says, “When I grow up I want to be [occupation].” The next student does a brief pantomime of that occupation. It is then that person’s turn to choose a job. The activity continues around the circle until everyone has had a turn.
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Morning Message
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Good morning, Second Graders!
Today is our first day of second grade. We are going to learn so much this year. Let’s have a great day!
[Closing and signature]
[Date]
Good Morning, Learners!
Today we will share our favorite colors. Be thinking of a color you like. [Closing and signature]
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Dear Hard Workers,
We are learning how to work together.
Today will be another great day together!
Think about what you would like to do when you grow up.
[Closing and signature]
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Partner UpMondayTuesdayWednesday 9/6Thursday 9/7Friday 9/8
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Topic/QuestionWhat has made you feel proud? What is something that has made you laugh this week? What are three things you would like to accomplish in second grade?
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Tips for successful Community Connectionhave student names prewritten and placed on the rug for them to feel safe and included Link to partnering appReview daily schedule during MM and highlight any changes to routine.
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