My students were given 30 packing ‘bits’ which are now biodegradable and made of corn starch instead of foam. These packing ‘bits’ are stuck together simply by wetting the ends and holding them together for a short time.
Each child was given 30 pieces to construct a model of something of their choice. If new pieces were requested the children had to ‘count on’ and record the amount they were using. Each child had to construct their model, and when completed draw their model ensuring their diagram / drawing displayed the correct amount of packing pieces.
Last week my students explored collecting and graphing data. As a grade we collected data on our pets. My students learnt how to tally up the results and represent the tally on a simple column graph. The children were asked to draw conclusions from the graphs once completed. They were also asked to explain why information is presented in graph form.
My student’s conclusions as said:
Collingwood has the most
Collingwood got 6 and Hawthorn got 4
The most popular team is Collingwood.
The least – less popular teams are Geelong and Richmond.
The 2nd most popular team is Hawthorn.
The 3rd most popular teams are Essendon and Brisbane.
Geelong and Richmond are both ones.
St Kilda and Geelong have nearly the same amount of numbers.
Essendon and Brisbane have the same amount of numbers.
Brisbane and Essendon are the same.
Brisbane has nearly the same amount as Hawthorn.
St Kilda has 2 and Geelong has 1
Hawthorn nearly has the same as Collingwood. It just needed 3 more.
Collingwood won and has 6
Some of the teams have the same, some do not.
Collingwood is the big one.
St Kilda is nearly the last but Geelong is.
Geelong and Richmond have the least number.
Brisbane has got on top of Hawthorn.
Last week my school had French day to celebrate ‘all things French’. Our students learn French from week one of Prep. Young children learn a new language with ease, compared to adult learners. The children had a wonderful morning full of activities provided by French-speaking members of the community. They watched a French children’s film, played petanque, completed a French style painting among other activities. The children were asked to dress in French colors, or as something French. A special French lunch was ordered by our students.
This was a great opportunity to plan a PrepD Student Led Interactive Writing session as all children were involved in the day. A common experience (Language Experience) is needed for this writing strategy. This group of children are now composing their own text. As always, I’m looking for the transfer of my teaching in their writing. My mantra is, just because I’ve taught it doesn’t mean they’ve learnt it. I have to look for evidence of my teaching and their learning. Reviewing their compositions informs my teaching. Each child is identified by a color. Names are recorded down the side in a chosen color.
The PM exemplar structure is evident in their writing and this group of children are able to articulate the WILF (what I’m looking for) and WALT (we are learning to) for the Recount genre. I love the fact that they are confidently using simple and some complex punctuation.