Saturday, October 1, 2011

Meaningful Work

This past week the students participated in some fun and meaningful activities. While working on comparing and contrasting characters, we first worked together and completed a venn diagram about two characters from a big book we read. The the students and I made a list of the adults in the school they know really well- like me and the related arts teachers (since they spend more time with them and me). Partners then selected two people from this list and worked to compare and contrast them. They did fantastic and were quite insightful. This took some higher level thinking for sure.

      Another activity that was a lot of fun and met lots of learning styles was musical math number collection boxes. I prepared large number collection boxes on construction paper- each with a labeled number in the corner. These were placed on various desks throughout the room. I turned on music and students walked around the room. When the music stopped, they went to the nearest collection box and added a name to the box. We continued until students had an opportunity to write in lots of boxes. What fun!


Jennifer said...

I love the musical math number boxes idea. Can you tell me more about it? Is it something I could incorporate into my first grade?

Rowdy in First Grade

Mrs. Bussey said...

Oh- for could use it for beginning sounds, vowel sounds, sums, synonyms, categories, etc. The ideas are endless. Have fun!