First day of actual content. We plan a groupworthy task (I always have trouble with this word, for reasons I don’t quite understand) with the idea being that the kiddos will have an authentic need to work together and speak English. We select the string challenge (kiddos have to make 2D and 3D shapes out of string; everyone must touch the string at the same time). Many kiddos claim that we did this last year, which is entirely possible (though I swear the last time we did this was 2 years ago and I’m pretty sure our lesson plans will back this up).
There are some pretty cool moments that come up. It does actually prove to be challenging enough that kiddos struggle with it and need all of their group members (or, um, more, which is challenging since we’re still underenrolled) and the groups that tend to do best are the ones that speak the most English, or at least talk together.
Photo: Kiddos make a star (the only 2 dimensional shape on the list).
What do you notice? What do you wonder?
Openings and objectives: