Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In the (Reconstruction) Zone

I was given a gift card.  I wanted to spend it on LEGOs.  So one day the kids caught me looking at LEGO sets online.  Their reaction to the Tower Bridge was overwhelming.  When I told them it was for 16 year-olds and over, they responded with a resounding "WHO CARES!?"  How do I say 'no' to that, right?  So the bridge was purchased and the project was developed.  Here's what happened all because the kids wanted to build a bridge together.

One hour per day, for ten days straight, our classroom was transformed into London. 


We were still in the middle of our read aloud book, The BFG by Roald Dahl.  But Instead of finishing it, we reconstructed our own ending to the book (the PDF stories cannot be read on an iPad-sorry).


While all of this was going down, we had four student photographers every morning documenting the process (using the Aviary photo app).  Click here to view the gallery if you are on an iPad.
And just in case you're keeping a Common Core tally at home;
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.C.5 Relate counting to addition and subtraction
  • CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.C6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.
  • CCSS.Social.Studies.x;lke Oh wait.  There are no social studies standards for exploring the world.
  • CCSS.Science.2452 Oh wait.  There are no science standards for following step by step instructions, accepting trial and error as a process, and creating structures.
  • CCSS.Art.423.4 Oh wait.  There are no art standards for creating your own works of art.