Like many of you, I'm starting the new year by reviewing social skills and procedures. As we prepared to play double bump today (nice free lesson by KidsKnowMath, by the way), I did a quick review of how to accept your assigned partner.
Well, I thought it was going to be a quick review. First I modeled:
When you find out who your partner is, some of you might feel excited. If you feel excited about your partner, I want you to look at your partner and make this face. *Head nod with a big smile.*
Some of you might not be very excited about your partner. If you're not feeling very excited about your partner, I want you to look at your partner and make this face. *Head nod with a big smile.*
What did you notice?
One or two kids noticed that the faces were exactly the same, so we moved on to students practicing. I randomly picked two kids and asked them to show what they were supposed to do when they learned they were partners. It went reasonably well, so we practiced as a class.
Show me the face you'll make if you are really excited about your assigned partner: Everyone smiled. Now, show me the face you'll make if you aren't so excited about your partner. Everyone frowned. WHAT? So I went back and modeled again, then we all practiced again. Still not good. After the third practice we finally got the idea.
After that little incident, I decided I'd better make a little reminder, so here it is:
Hop over to my TPT store and grab it for free. While you're there, I'd love for you to follow me and leave a little feedback! Hope you're 2016 is off to a great start!
Incase you're wondering, the partner work went fairly well. I snapped this picture of a couple kids working together. Trust me, this is quite a victory!
If you found this post to be interesting or fun, I'd love for you to connect with me!