This week we started our whole class ‘Recount Writing’. To stimulate discussion with the students we learned a Kagan game. The children had to raise their hand while walking/dancing around the room to music. When the music stopped, they all had to high five the person closest to them and then sit down with their knees touching (facing each other). They then had to talk with their partner about what they did on the weekend. They learned to listen respectfully to their peer, ask questions and then have their own turn at describing a recount. Mr Walter (our class puppet) was looking to see whether the students were including in their recount:
- What they did?
- Where they went?
- Who they went with?
- How they felt?
They did a really great job!
We then had a go at writing our words down to form a sentence or to about our weekend. It was really tricky but we talked about the learning disposition of “perseverance”. Even though, it was really challenging, we chose the right attitude and kept trying our very best.
We have also been working really hard to identify what number comes before another number without using counting to help us (eg. “What number comes before 13?”). Most children are finding the concept of “before” a bit tricky, so reinforcement of this at home would be really great. Maybe whenever you are in the car you could challenge your child with this skill for just a couple of minutes.
Enjoy some photos of some of the other fun things we did at school this week.