Welcome to first grade! My work in first grade is much different than the other grades. There is a teaching focus every six weeks - I teach in each of the first grade classrooms once a week for four weeks and then (based on observation/work), I pull a small group consisting of kiddos from all three rooms into my GT classroom once a week for three weeks. The pull out is an extension of the work I do with the whole class.
Week of September 10th - We launched our first week of work in first grade! We started off with learning each others' names, setting two big goals ("reminders") for the year (listening and participating) and then dipped our toes into our first topic of focus - LOGIC! Next week, we will try our first activity around patterns!
Week of September 17th - We continued on our path with logic with an activity around pattern recognition and continuation...more logical reasoning to come next week!
Week of September 24th - Logic continued this week with an activity around relationships...how is a relationship between objects support logical thinking? For example, students were given a picture of a hammer and then three objects and had to determine which object had a relationship with the hammer (nails). Then, to apply new thinking, we used a screwdriver in the same way...great conversations!
Week of October 1st - This week and next week, classes will wrap up their final day of LOGIC with a fun detective activity. Students will use logical reasoning and their "detective hats" to figure out where objects are in their classrooms - asking questions and reasoning from one situation to the next. Our logic pull out will start the week of October 15th.
Week of October 8th - We finished up our in classes logic activities this week. Over the next three weeks, I will pull a small group of first graders to continue with our logic focus and then rotate back into classrooms with a focus on creativity.
Week of October 15th - We had our first small group pull out on LOGICAL REASONING this week! Students used logic, trial and error and pattern to solve a mystery about pets...see more here! http://www.thekidzpage.com/learninggames/logic_games/logic-game-petcenter.html
Week of October 24th - Short week this week...we will start up again next Tuesday!
Week of October 29th - Our logical reasoning small group met this week and we had a GREAT afternoon! Students learned about categorization and specificity and how they support logical reasoning. I chose an animal and students created three categories that they determined would BEST help them figure out the animal (movement, skin/fur color and habitat). Then, they asked yes or no questions, figuring out what category the fell under and focusing on specific vocabulary and word choice. In the first scenario, they were between eel and otter so we had a great discussion about which category and what vocabulary would best help them to determine the answer. They decided "movement" and asked about legs...BINGO! A fun afternoon!
Week of November 5th - We wrapped up our logical reasoning group with...Perplexors! Perplexors are puzzles that students use clues and logic to help solve the mysteries! Our mysteries this week involved various types of turtles with various colored hats and shoes! For more information on Perplexors, check out this website - mindwareonline.com.