Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thinking Routines

Today, as we got ready for our first lunch recess, we looked at a picture of our playground. After a close look, we discussed what we see when we "look" at the picture. We saw many things that you might expect...a slide, a sandbox, a gate. Next, we spent some time noticing what we "think" about the picture. Our thoughts ranged from "I think it's time for recess" to "I think there are shovels in the sandbox" to "I'm hungry. I want lunch!". (Me, too!). Finally, I asked the question "What does this picture make wonder?" This was a bit harder to answer. Someone wondered where the kids were...the playground was empty in the picture. Another wondered if the gate was to keep the kids inside...or to keep the big kids out.

This is just one of the many thinking routines we will do this year to help make our thinking visible to others.

What do you think about that?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

science to go

Cranbrook Science-to-Go sent a van to our school filled with remarkable science artifacts and activities.  our class participated in 3 workshops: Light and Heat, Animal Skulls and Crystals.  It was a "learning filled" afternoon.  I hope your k kid or firstie came home with lots of new ideas to share with you.