If yesterday was the first day of actual content, today was the first day of actual relevant content. (And groupwork absolutely counts as content, it’s just not as much in the content standards. Perhaps “timely” is a better word than “relevant”).
Our first unit uses pile patterns to look at linear relationships (side note: “patterns” is confusing enough for emerging bilinguals, so I’m dropping the “pile” and just saying “patterns”). It’s pretty visual and therefore accessible, which makes it a great starting unit. We also did our first participation quiz today. Kiddos work together on a group task while I monitor and try to highlight group behaviors that help move them forward (like pointing at specific parts of the pattern, working with their group in the middle of the table, leaning in so they can work together, etc). (Similar to Class Dojo, but on paper and thus subject to me getting distracted)
We’re off to a decent start, though I wish I had done some more explicit modeling on how to show patterns. Kiddos seem to be able to find the pattern relatively quickly, but showing their thinking around the pattern is tricky. Counting the number of squares in each part feels helpful.
Photo: Our opening and some patterns. What do you notice? What do you wonder?
Objectives and opening:
I didn’t take photos of my participation quiz notes, but we’re doing it again tomorrow! (So wait until then?)