Action expresses priorities. -Mahatma Gandhi
Action is something that is never lacking in a kindergarten classroom. Something or someone is always in motion. In other action news, my students are very interested in action figures. There was a fairly intense discussion going on at one point about who was more powerful-Spiderman or the Dark Knight. Of course, everyone had an opinion and several offered other action figures that were more awesome than the original 2 being discussed. How does this impromptu conversation fit into the Common Core Standards?
By taking action, we can turn a random classroom discussion into a learning opportunity. One of the kindergarten Common Core Standards is that students will participate in collaborative conversations about kindergarten topics with peers and adults. We turned their interest in that topic into an anchor chart. Afterwards, they used their Whiteboard App to illustrate an action they could perform. This activity involved using our sight words to construct a basic sentence and an illustration.
The following day I was reading an Eric Carle book, “Rooster’s Off to See the World” as a part of our Eric Carle author study. As I was reading, without prompting, the children began calling out action words they heard in the story. Our discussion from the day before had carried over into a new activity. Higher order thinking skills? You bet.
By being alert to everyday situations, we can take action and turn them into meaningful learning activities.
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