View the video below to understand the use and the power of Thinking Routines in the Classroom.
Will My Seed Grow In Play-Doh?
In science, each class planted seeds in a cup filled with Play-Doh. Will the seeds grow? Each child had to make a claim as to whether or not the seeds will grow and then provide evidence about their claim. Ask your child about their claim and their evidence. Will the seeds grow in Play-Do and what makes them say that? What do you think? Tell your child your claim and don't forget to tell them WHY!
STAY TUNED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS!
Ask your child what happened when we planted the seeds in Play-Doh. A small hint ... The before picture and the after picture look exactly the same! After this experiment, students CLAIMED that we NEED soil in order for plants to grow. Their evidence was that a seed planted in Play-Doh did not grow.
For this reason, we tried a new experiment. Students then planted wheat seeds inside of a straw with a little bit of paper towel in the straw. Guess what happened?!? The seeds grew with NO SOIL! So now what? Do seeds need soil to grow? Ask your child to make a CLAIM about what a plant needs to grow and to provide EVIDENCE based on the experiments we have done in first grade.
Today, first graders reflected on their thinking in science. Students explored what they used to think about plants before starting our unit and what they think about plants now. Students then took what they learned about planting brassica seeds (What would they do the same and what would they do differently if planting a new seed?) and applied their knowledge while planting their newest seeds. Ask your child what they have learned about plants and the needs of plants so far this year.
Today, the first graders read the story "The Rainbow Fish" by watching a read aloud version on the Smart Board. Then they made a claim and provided evidence about whether or not Rainbow Fish was thinking win-win. As your child about their thoughts in this Tug-of-War routine!
Visit http://www.storylineonline.net/ to see some of your favorite picture books read aloud for you!
Today, first graders watched a video reading of the book "The Very Busy Spider." Students then participated in a Think-Pair-Share with their partners and discussed what they saw in the video. Students then completed the thinking routine Headlines to come up with new names for the book based on the big idea or the lesson that they learned. See some of the Headlines in the picture below!