With 11 days left, what better to work on in reading than to practice putting all of our reading strategies together to create a new idea? Oh yes, dear friends, I'm talking about synthesizing. Every year around this time, I panic a little. What IS synthesizing again???
Developmentally, now's the time to teach it. But with 11 days left, it's hard to keep the focus IN the classroom, rather than OUTSIDE in the sunshine.
What's a teacher to do?
BRING OUT THE LEGO® BRICKS!!!
Yes. FOR REAL.
® Bricks have in common? Lots, actually.
I have a giant tub of LEGO® bricks that my mom gave me from when I was a kid. I keep this tub at school and use it as an incentive for bunnies who are on monitors. I put the tub in the middle of the circle. I gave them 5 minutes. The only directions were to "build something." They would be sharing their something with the class after the time was up. I always build something too :) Make sure you give them lots of time checks (I did every minute), because you know kids and their LEGO® bricks. They could do this ALL DAY!
Here we are at work:
Everyone had the same tub of LEGO® bricks, but everyone built something different. Each student used their prior knowledge to create something. Synthesizing is the same thing. We use our prior knowledge + what we read + our reading comprehension strategies to create a new idea.
The Important Book, A Color of His Own, Oliver Button is a Sissy, The Wednesday Surprise, My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother... I also do a mini unit on the underground railroad.
An update on my shoulder...I mentioned yesterday that I got injured in my hockey game on Saturday.
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