We started talking about names last week and are continuing the conversation as we build our community together.
We’ve continued reading great books together,
and discussing the importance of our names and how they tell something about us as people. They are the first words we learn, they are letters we know, and they connect us to people in our families and our pasts. They are OURS!!
We worked on name building challenges as well, with inch tiles and with Legos (thanks for that idea, Ms. Lewis!), and we were able to document our work with our iPads (thanks Kirkwood School District!). We are learning more about how to show what we know, use GRIT when things are hard, share our ideas and questions with our friends, ask someone else before the teacher, and how to send that documentation (pictures, notes, etc.) to Mrs. Bearden in eBackpack. Seems simple, but it’s hard work in Rm. 202!
Inch Tiles Name Challenge
Kiddos were to build their name with inch tiles. They were challenged to try their last name if they got their first name quickly. It was fun and interesting to watch how each kiddo came at this challenge differently, which tiles they used and if they used capital or lowercase letters. They took pictures of their work when they were finished.
Lego Name Building Challenge
This time learners were challenged to build their name with Legos (one, two or all three–or four–of their names!). Then they were to have a friend take their picture with their creation. We’re still learning to take photos, so some of them are a little blurry. 🙂 The most interesting thing to me about this challenge was how many kiddos build their names in 2D, just putting the Legos flat on the table or floor, rather than 3D, putting them together and building their names UP instead of out (but yes, you will see in the pictures that a few friends tried it that way!). There were no specifications related to this, but I will probably add that parameter for everyone next time. 🙂
I have to take a minute and highlight a strategy that we discovered during our Lego building. I went over to Kaiden at one point and saw this:
If you can tell, he had only built the LAST four letters of his name. I asked him to tell me about his thinking and he told me:
We had to stop the rest of the class and have him share his thinking–this was a great example of what to do when you’re stuck, when you want to quit or you don’t know where to start: do the part you DO know how to do and keep thinking about the part you DON’T YET know how to do. Often you’ll figure it out while you’re working. GREAT JOB OF USING GRIT, KAIDEN!!