By Alice Rasmussen
This unit is designed to purposefully set the tone of the classroom at the beginning of the year. As the year begins, I often get sidetracked with the business of starting a school year and the important process of orienting with the classroom, the teacher, and each other gets pushed aside. This unit is designed with the flexibility needed to allow for the business and logistics of the beginning of the year. It is also designed to allow for schedule changes. A student who enters the classroom after the first day will not be lost or behind. The unit is cohesive, but flexible and provides a plan for bringing students together and setting the tone for the year. The overarching goal for the unit is for students to get to know one another and to discover what their role in the classroom is for the year. The unit incorporates reading, writing, and communicating in order to determine students' knowledge and skill levels.
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