You can access the Ninja Library Slideshow and lots of NINJA Theme Ideas I used here in my Ninja Wakelet collection: https://wke.lt/w/s/Jix99z
We did a Ninja Week Theme the first two weeks of school. I did this because I was inspired to think about creative ways to approach talking about Covid and all the new mask protocols. Ninjas wear masks, keep their distance from others, are warriors and do hard things -- just like we will this year at school.
I played Kung Fu Panda movie music, showed video clips about GRIT and perseverance, and did a Chopsticks relay race (Found a pack of 200 chopsticks on Amazon inexpensively,) and played musical Dots with dots on the floor socially distanced, they walked around on the dots and stopped when the Kung Fu song stopped. I offered Ninja-themed book read alouds. Some I found on Youtube, some I recorded. You’re welcome to record you own and replace.
Skills I was teaching: SEL and Relationship Builders were my primary goals the first two weeks. Research is showing that these two skills will be the most important in helping children during Covid, so Grit, Ninjas and Games were my jam. I also began creating virtual makerspaces and teaching them how to access our materials from Google Classroom, how to use Google Slides and our Bitmoji classroom, and how to create their own Avatars for free on Pixton EDU. (I did this with Grades 1-5). I also made my Rules/Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in Animoto this year. That was fun.
Ninja week(s) went beautifully for me. I also taught them a new call back/call out. When I would say “New Emerson Ninjas!” They would say, “We can do hard things! Ha-yah! (with some kind of karate move). We’re in Week 4 and I still shout it out once a class period.
I found a lot of FREE COOL Bitmoji classrooms and resources from Casey Verdugo. CHECK HER OUT! https://linktr.ee/thefirstgradecreative
You can see the outlines of my Class Agenda on the White Boards. You are welcome to use any of my resources too as long as you do not sell them and will give credit to me on the slide or at the end of the slideshow somewhere. Good luck, my fellow teacher friends!!!
A little background about me: I am a former High School Journalism/ELA teacher. I am now hired as a “Paralibrarian” part-time at a small STEAM magnet school in Grand Junction, Colorado. I run the Library and STEAM Lab/Makerspace which I have dubbed the “LIbratory.” I see every grade level twice a week for 45 minutes and do A LOT of cleaning in between, LOL! Hit me up if you have any questions!!! firstname.lastname@example.org