Ok, hold on tight–today was a VERY eventful day and so this post is picture-heavy. I think I counted 10. But then I may have added more. 🙂 You ready? Let’s go!
I usually put the pics in these posts in order based on when they happen, so these would come first anyway, but I’m also putting them first because I think they set the tone for the whole day. The way things usually work in Rm. 202 is that I have a plan and then we decide how that will work for us that day, and often times things change (sometimes really drastically, sometime they just take a little bit different direction).
I was meeting with a group today and after our book, we got out our whiteboards for word work. I remembered that we had talked about a chart/sign to help kiddos remember what to do with the pencil sharpener (we just got 2 new crank ones–you know, old school!) and for some reason people are CRAZY with them. What I know about what this group knows and what they need, they were the ones to make the chart! As we talked about what the sign should be called, they agreed that “PENCIL SHARPENER RULES” would make sense (like the chart we made to help our friends remember how to wisely use our construction paper). As we got started talking about how to write PENCIL, we clapped out the syllables, wrote the PEN part and started working on the CIL chunk, talking about how it could either be PENSIL or PENCIL. It wasn’t a clear decision about which was correct (I thought for sure they’d be able to tell which one looked right), so I took it to mean we needed to learn something new. So we started talking about C and how it has a soft sound and a hard sound.
Now…being me and doing what I do, I didn’t just start saying something like “Now these are the rules for hard C and soft C and when the C proceeds these letters it’s this and when it’s these it’s that,”–you get the idea. Instead, we started making a list of C words and put them in the correct column together. Almost immediately, Makayla noticed that there were lots of Os on the hard side. We kept going and pretty soon we noticed that the letters on the soft C side were E and I and that the other letters were on the other list. Voila! We had a rule. Well at least a conjecture that we thought we could use and teach our friends.
So…being Rm. 202 friends and doing what we do, we thought another sign was in order. This one they decided to hang on the word wall–right by the letter C. 🙂 Hopefully we’ll finish soon. Who knows? We’re working on at least 3 other interactive writing projects and we’ve only got 15 more days! Oh well, guess there’s always next year!
C.J. and I worked really hard with build a castle with the Lincoln Logs during choice time today. It’s the first time I’ve done that. So fun! The rest of the class was really impressed too, I guess, because they kept coming over to take pictures of their own!
Alright, two more, and these fit into the I’ve-officially-lost-track-of-how-many-teeth-we’ve-lost category. I am pretty sure it’s over 20 now, but needless to say, 1st grade mouths are VERY HOLEY at this time of year. So cute!!