I feel like I should be sure to say thanks to Jillian Heise for the fabulousness that is #classroombookaday on Twitter. And I am so truly sorry if I ever seemed like I created it–I think I just started using it in my title so I didn’t have to retype it when I tweeted out my posts. Anyhow, what a great thing this has done (and is doing) in my classroom (and so many others!) to promote literacy, introduce readers to new books and to create so many great memories between me and my students.
Ok…this marks Week 5 since we started tracking our reading, and something very special happened–we hit 100 books!! I haven’t done it yet, but I feel like I should mark that book with a star or something (it was the Light and Sound book just for the record!), and also begin more seriously planning what in the world we’ll do when we fill up our door. The way the math is working, that will happen in about 6 weeks! That’s not even the halfway point of the year yet!
…really great book to challenge first graders with their creativity! Last week I shared how Mrs. Berger is doing some lessons with first grade and this week was #2. First she shared the book Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews, which was a great connection to our current math work as well as a great stretch for our creative brains.
Then she asked me to do something that I guess I knew was coming but had forgotten about since last time we did this (2014): use 10 black dots to create something. I usually appreciate doing things that my students are asked to do, as I know that understanding the struggles that may come up helps me support students through them, but I had forgotten how hard that task is! I came up with something, but let me just want you it was a little less than stellar. 🙂 Ok, sorry, I know that is a very fixed-mindset thing to say…I take it back. I just believe if I worked at it I could create a much more imaginative picture with my dots. (Thanks to Chase for being the photographer while I was working on this!)
After my demonstration, kiddos were given an office and a paper, chose 10 red dots and got busy on their creation. They worked for about 10 minutes on their 10 red dots, including writing at the bottom to tell about what they made.
And just like with the drawing starts, kiddos did a great job of seeing those dots as so much more than they were!
Another great example of stretching your brains, Rm. 202 friends!