I love a good routine to start class. This year, I’m using notebook bins, a “You Need” list, and warm-ups from my Weekly Science Warm-ups Bundle. When teaching 3 classes, starting off class with a warm-up helps to refocus the students, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Here’s how I start class.
Greet and Write Objectives
I greet students when they are coming into the room. When they come in, they write their objectives in the calendar in their binders (a 5th grade expectation). The Supply Manager for each group gets out the bin of notebooks and folders right away. Every table group in every class has a bin. That’s 5 tables and 3 classes, so 15 total bins.
You Need List
Students look at what they need to have out. They take those things out and get started on their warm-up, which are kept in their classroom folders
After students complete their warm-up, we can go over it briefly while I randomly choose students to answer various parts of the question of the day to help keep them accountable. I usually try to twist the question a bit and ask an additional question for students to respond to based on the warm-up.
See the Science Weekly Warm-ups Bundle on TpT.
Set Up Notebooks
Students set up their notebooks after they finish their warm-up. Then, we really get started with our day!