We began our Star Student Program this week! It is very exciting and the students are very interested in learning more about one another. Every day we have chosen a new star student. When your child is the star student she or he reads their poster to the class and four friends are chosen to do a "share back." A "share back" is when we practice our listening and communication skills. We begin with the sentence stem, "one thing I heard you say was...". Next I model how to draw the student and we study their eye color, hair color, clothing, and skin color. Each student works during literacy stations to draw a portrait of the star student which we then make into a class book for the "star" to take home. At the end of each day, we interview the star student and ask questions to learn more about the classmate. 1W generated a list of questions that they can choose from. Some of the questions include: Do you have any brothers or sisters? Do you speak any other languages? Do you play any instruments? Do you play any sports? What is your favorite thing to do?
We launched our first Author study, featuring Marc Brown. You may know arthur, this character is EVERYWHERE, the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, PBS, The Children's Museum. Marc Brown has wrote over 30 books, he is from Massachusetts, and he uses his family stories and relatives as the characters in his books. Many years ago he even visited Baker School! You can see some of his original drawings in the library.
This week we learned where everything is in our classroom. Students enjoyed participating in a scavenger hunt to find: math manipulatives, computers, their job for the day, favorite area of the classroom, and much more.