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Students identify each of the three rotations for the READ 180 classroom (computer, independent reading, and small group instruction) and the expectations for each. They check out audiotapes and books for independent reading and discuss the anti-bullying materials provided during small-group lessons. Finally, students describe an ideal classroom learning environment and make commitments toward that ideal.
Fourth graders interview one of the school's administrators or faculty members using a digital camera to determine their leadership role in school. They use the digital photographs and interview information to make a slideshow presentation for the school's open house. They explain the importance of leadership in a learning environment.
Learners become "shape detectives" as they identify, name, create and describe common shapes within pictures and objects found within the learning environment. Suggestions include incorporating shapes into all learning areas and daily activities within a preschool learning setting.
A video featuring members of Oregon’s Astoria Native American fishing community launches a study of the oral tradition of poetry, and how traditions are passed down within different cultures. Activities, assessments, extensions and adaptations are included in the richly detailed plan. Could also be used as an introduction to a study of marine life and the environment.
Youngsters create class rules by determining the environment they would like to have in their classroom. They come to a consensus about how to have a safe, fair, fun learning environment by discussing the rules in the Karla Kustin poem, and sharing their behavior plan with their parents.
Do kids use problem solving skills when they create scrap art? You bet they do! After examining the art of Mary Katherine Lamb, they create their own pieces using recycled products and vintage art techniques. They watch a video about the artist then explore the forms and functions possible with found or collected art materials.
What is a ‘Zine? Although the referenced PBS video that launches this study of self-published magazines is not available, the activities detailed and the step-by-step directions for creating ‘Zines would engage young writers. This resource deserves a spot in your curriculum library.
Establish ground rules for class discussion with a constructivist approach. Your class will own the norms and be intrinsically motivated to employ them. Discuss the importance of establishing a safe and respectful learning environment. Class members collaborate to develop a protocol for class discussions. The purpose is to minimize negative and unproductive conflict and create an atmosphere where differing points of view can be respectfully considered. Plan to use this instructional activity at the start of the year to maximize potential.