As teachers we always are looking to give our kids real-world experiences. I try to stress to my students how what we're learning in class is important and influences our success in the real world. School is SO much more than tests and quizzes. I know this, you know this, but sometimes our kiddies get so hung up on performing well on those assessments!
That's why I was really impressed with this direction reading activity in our district's newly adopted ELA Program, Wonders!!!
The activity came in one of our guided reading books and included step-by-step directions on how to create a paper weaving project.
My kids and I were eager to begin working! I sat with my camera and note pad to document my students' problem-solving skills and how well they read the directions.
This poor guy had a rough start! He started cutting his paper without reading the directions and had to start over immediately. From then on he kept his book close at hand!
I really liked sitting back and watching a few of my kids at a time working through the process and they of course LOVED making a project!
What kind of real-life experiences do you try to give your students?
I'm off to WI for the Outdoor Education Trip! Wish me luck!!!