Summer School Recap Part 1

Summer school has been going swimmingly! The kids are having a great time, and thanks to a lot of help from our volunteers, we have had a really smooth two weeks.  Knock on wood! Find some wood! Yes, we are our own janitors, nurses, supervisors, and cafeteria staff, but..."I Teach...What's Your Superpower?" is my motto in the summer!  Here's what we've been up to.

1. I put up my objectives every day on our interactive whiteboard and have the students read them for fluency practice.  Background by 3rd Grade Gridiron, Frame by Teaching my 3, Fonts by Kevin and Amanda and Across the Hall in 2nd

2. My bootleg D-3 chart.  Don't you love it?!  This week I added WwT (work with Teacher) but this picture is from last week.  Attendance and Daily 5 check-in, all in one!  My students make their choice the minute they walk in the room, and go right to their choice- we're only in summer school for 2.5 hours, so we have to make the most of it!

3. Reading to Self on the rug. (note to self, get a comfier rug!)

4.  Doing word work in a group, and one doing work on writing in the back. These kids are actually playing Word Battle, which I blogged about a while back- it is the most popular game in my room!  Please please excuse the state of my classroom. I am half unpacked and so disorganized it's not even funny.

4. Working on our math skills- we watched two Brainpops and started working on these centers today, they will rotate to the next centers tomorrow.

5. Using technology- oh yeah! I love to see them hunched over iPads...they are so engaged when they can work at their own pace.  Here we're doing a QR code freebie activity on the life cycle of a butterfly- it was fantastic.

6. Assessing fluency- I need to get better at doing this regularly during the school year, so I set up a file in my One Note and started it today. Hopefully I'll have time remember to do it. 

7. Fingerpainting! Because it's the summer and everyone deserves to have a little fun.  We read 

and then did a little summer craft.  Fun!

Cheers and Happy Birthday Baby Cambridge!


  1. We are getting ipads so I am thinking of all sorts of QR activities. I love the bright colors in your room and Word Battle looks like a must! I am thinking girl, which means it is most certainly a boy.

  2. How cute! You have been very busy!! I love the QR codes! I'm guessing it's a girl. But who knows!
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Oh how I would love to have that many Ipads in my classroom. Looks like your students are very busy and engaged during summer school.

  4. Looks like they are having a great time! The QR code activities look fantastic! Is it bad that I am a little disappointed that it is a boy? I wanted to see the new law on succession put to work! Oh well, it was all still really exciting!

    Eclectic Educating

  5. Looks so fun!! I love those colors on your walls. My ceilings are much lower, but I like to paper the whole wall to keep the dingy gray away!

    Also, I am having a giveaway for a cute classroom sign!
    Check it out!
    Diary of a First Year Teacher


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