I have shared a video of our protocol of “Stand up, Hand up, Pair up” before, and also shared an example of how we got to know each other with a Find Someone Who activity.
Here’s an example of how we used it in a different way: in Science with weather vocabulary.
We have already done some reading, writing and talking about these words, and so much of today was a review and check-in to see what they remembered. There was one word that was new–climate–and we were going to talk about how that new word was connected to what they already knew.
As we did with the previous Find Someone Who, kiddos had a sheet with words and they were tasked to find someone who knew what the words meant and could tell them. I reminded them that “whoever does the writing does the thinking” as we reviewed the directions and then they got to work. I love how again kiddos showed up and did the work in just the way they were asked to. These kids are awesome, y’all! Check it out in action:
I am sure I mentioned it in a previous post, but these are new-to-me Kagan cooperative learning protocols I learned this year from my superstar colleague, Dr. Grayson. It’s so good to have a refresh on how to get kids thinking and talking together and I LOVE how it’s working out so far! More to come, so stay tuned! 🙂
I wrote about this topic last year here. And like last year, I started my weather unit today with the same activity. But that doesn’t mean that our experience was the same. I have a different group of kiddos, with different knowledge and understanding, and I gave a different set of directions of how this protocol would work. So yes, it’s similar, as many things are year-to-year, but it’s not nearly the same.
As with most every unit we begin, we start with vocabulary words that students will need to know. Today we used the protocol List-Group-Label to do this introduction. Here’s the big idea of how it works:
So, like I mentioned before, I had a couple of added directions this time around that helped further thinking. When tribes got to the GROUPing part, rather than tell them how to make their poster look, we talked about how they needed to make a decision about the best kind of graphic organizer to use for their information. I also took this opportunity to introduce the phrase “You gotta build the house before you decorate it.” We talked about how you could “fancy” up your poster if you had some time at the end, but that the most important thing was to get your thinking down first, to show what you know about weather in an organized way.
We spent about 10 minutes on the list-group-label part, then took a short gallery walk to each tribe’s poster. As they visited other posters, they were to notice what words others used, how they organized their thinking, and if there were any ideas they could “steal” to add to their own sheet once they returned. After spending about 30 seconds at each poster, they had two minutes to tweak their own work before we were finished.
It was great to hear them work together in their groups to put words together, and think about how they could label each category. Look at it in progress:
And then here is what we ended up with after our work time:
The Legendary 4
The Crazy Dragons (they even signed their work with their tribe name!)
The Wild Spirits
Please leave us a comment and let us know what you think. We’d love to continue to learn with you. What other words would you suggest we put on our lists?
We just started a new unit in science this week. It’s an Earth Systems unit on Weather. So just like at the beginning of all of our units, we started with talking about vocabulary. Check out how we did it in our geometry unit.
So just like last time, we started writing as many words are we could think of that were related to weather on post-its:
Notice how the first time around they’re not in any real order. The directions during the “list” portion are just to write down words you think are related to the topic. The grouping and labeling part came next (the next day, actually). And ok, I’ll apologize ahead of time for the quality of the video–I’m still working on learning how to edit! Hope it doesn’t make you dizzy….
I’m excited to see where this takes us. I have a group of deep thinkers who will for sure continue to ask questions and make connections that will help us all learn more about weather! Stay tuned to find out more about what we’re doing. 🙂