Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throw Back Thursday Linky--Back to School

Today I'm linking up with The First Grade Parade for Throw Back Thursday!   With the beginning of school right around the corner, I thought it was time to start thinking about Back to School Night.  Here is a post from September 28, 2012.  Enjoy!  :)

Back to School Night 
Last night was Back to School Night for my school.  Of course this time is designed to make sure our parents are "in the know" about what happens in the fifth grade.   We do a PowerPoint and go over the EXTREMELY condensed version of the curriculum, upcoming field trips, what's expected of them, etc. Blah, blah, blah.  This is also a great time for our kids to showcase their work.  I always make sure that the hallway is decked out and there is something on their desks that they are proud of to share with their parents.  Here are a couple of projects we show off:
Shades of summer: In Writer's Workshop the kids write at least two paragraphs about what they did this summer.  They publish their work and then make these awesome faces to go along with the writing.  They draw  pictures representing the writing in the shades.  Quite funny!

Mrs. Hager's Fifth Graders Are Starting Off on the Right Foot:  The right foot is traced and then they draw their foot just like they see it.  The kids do a nametag glyph to go under each of their right feet. 

Bio Poems and Silouettes:  The students create their Bio Poems and then make thier own silouettes.  We did this activity when I was younger.  This is when I realized that I had no chin from the profile view!  lol

Paper Class: My favorite part of Back to School Night is the fake class. You let the kids trace each other onto bulletin board paper (or you trace them yourself), then you let them design themselves. When finished you tape them up in their seats so that when the parents walk in they see a class full of fake kids. It cracks me up every year!! The parents love it, but even more...the kids love it. Here are a couple of my faves from the 5th grade:

What great ideas do you have for Back to School Night??? 


  1. I LOVE the 'fake' students!!! I think I'll have to try that one with my 5th graders too :)

  2. I love the Bio Poems and Fake Students. I can't wait to share.

  3. Just wanted to let you know that I was the 666th person to follow your blog. Creeeeepy. :)

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  5. Awesome and cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Awesome ideas!!! Love that you are in Roanoke - I'm in Franklin County! I look forward to following your blog - we could even meet up and exchange ideas!!! I'm at Glade Hill Elementary!

  7. I'm your newest follower! You have such great ideas... I teach 5th also :) I love the fake students lol

    Floating Through Fifth

  8. Love your ideas. I'm going to use them for open house.

  9. Do you have a template for the faces or glasses for shades of summer?

  10. I'm also interested if you have any templates for the shades activity and what about the name tag glyph???


    Always love these ideas!

  12. Do you use anything special to keep the fake students from flopping over?

    1. I just roll up a piece of construction paper and tape the top part to the back of the student and part to the back of the chair. :)

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