This year, I wanted to be intentional with my third graders as it relates to relationship. We started that on the first day of school. One of the things I’m most passionate about when it comes to academic achievement is building to mastery.Some students LOVE the first day of school, but not all students are excited to be back to school. Not all students feel comfortable talking to each other on the first day. I even have a few students that don’t speak English at all. When we create access for all of the types of students present that is the essence of equity.
The goal for the activity is that each student would be able to share some information about themselves and also gain new information about their peers.
So here’s how I unpacked this with the kids.
Step 1: Display the sheet on your smart board or projector screen so that all the students can see it.
Step 2: Go over each box with the students and ask them how many of them feel that represents them.
Step 3: Model how to talk to friends about signing a box that represents them and making a bingo.
Step 4: Distribute the clipboards and the same copy of the bingo board.
Step 5: Move around the classroom supporting students and asking follow up questions to get to know them.
Even though it was the first day, the students participated well. It was fun to hear them get to know each other and get excited about sharing things about themselves.
A few days later, we did the same activity, but I offered different sheets to the kids. It was a little more challenging for some, but it was still effective.
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