We are continuing to work on problem-solving with lesson 8. We read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to show that Alexander has LOTS of problems, and he does not do anything to solve his problems. After the book reading, we have students put some of Alexander’s problems on the class 5 point scale. We stress there are no right or wrong choices, for one student a problem might be a 2 and for another the same problem would be a 4. It depends on the way they think about the problem.
The problem scenario that has stumped me all week is the not getting the shoes Alexander wanted. He goes to the store and his brothers both get the ones they want but the store is sold out of the ones Alexander wants and he gets stuck with “plain white ones.”
I thought most students would think this was a big problem. It turns out that in ALL the classes we have been in this week, students put this as a size 2 problem. Once it kept happening, I started to realize that getting the right color shoes was a bigger deal to me than most kids. I am the annoying person that goes to Fleet Feet and gets fitted with shoes that are ideal for my feet, running style, but then when I see they are white with purple laces want another pair that looks “cooler.” Haha.
The class challenge for this week is to come up with 3 books/book characters that have problems. Classes rate the size of the problem and come up with a solution to the problem (can be the same or a different one than in the book). We are hoping this challenge will give us more ideas for books with problems to solve.
Now for the Social Studies connection. One of the 2nd grade classes has done a lot to incorporate STAR into class activities. For those that need a refresher, STAR stands for:
Take a deep breath
The teacher and assistant had the class complete the home challenge as a class activity because they felt it was an important enough activity to do as a group (awesome!)
They are incorporating the STAR strategy into the Social Studies lessons about being a part of a community. After all, the classroom IS their community.
As a reminder, STAR has been written on each of their desk name tags. Just another way that visual supports can very easily be incorporated into daily class activities.
And, the most creative way STAR is being used in this classroom? During anchor time! Anchor time is a time of the day when students can get supplemental instruction, work ahead if needed, or catch up on work needing to be completed. One of the anchor time Friday rotations is going to be called STAR, with the idea that students can Stop, Take a deep breath, And Relax…and get caught up!
The connections continue. What fun we are having making them!