The materials from our DonorsChoose Play-Doh project has arrived and it's a bit overwhelming. I've taken what we need and shared the rest with the other classes in our school.
King Sized Mats!
Possible Topics of Interest
AN: Is that the sign?
I was curious to know about the purpose of the sign in their home. I began asking them questions. A.N. was the only one willing to answer.
Mr. Andy: What do you know about signs?
A.N.: It points
Mr. Andy: Where does it point?
A.N.: It points left and right.
Mr. Andy: Where else have you seen signs?
A.N.: In the woods!
Mr. Andy: What did the sign tell you?
A.N.: Go left. I don't know. Ask Brian! He knows more.
Mr. Andy: Why is there a sign?
A.N.: So you know where to find the body....
At this point, I explained to A.N. that since these are blocks, it's hard for us to see what the sign says. I suggested to her that she should draw the sign on paper and tape it onto the block. She grabbed a piece of paper and a pencil and began working on her sign.
A.N.'s knowledge of signs can also be an area to learn about. We see signs everyday in our lives but don't think much of it. Kids see them too and they may have a different idea of its purpose.
At the carpet, our students were introduced to the concept of self-portraits. I modeled how to hold the paper and use the photograph as reference. Different materials were introduced and the students were sent to their seats to begin.
Along with their portrait, students were also encouraged to write their name. This allows us to see who is able to write their name and who does not. Based on their progress, we'll send name writing sheets home for them to practice. The second round of selfies is scheduled for November. Keep an eye out for them when the time comes!