UPDATE: First Grade Enrichment Reading: Commercials WITH CORRECTED LINKS

As the culminating event for our advertising unit in first grade reading, the students created their own commercials.  Each group came up with a concept, picked one or more advertising techniques, created a story board, and then rehearsed, filmed, and edited their commercials.

Today, I am proud to present their finished products.  I know, way to work until the last minute!  We’ve been frantically editing up until now when I am typing this post.  (No, I wasn’t still editing commercials at 11 o’clock last night.  That would be crazy!)

The commercials are on YouTube, and I tried to share them as unlisted but it did not work!  So for now they are public, and if the link to your child’s commercial doesn’t work, you should be able to copy and paste the commercial name into the Google search box and the commercial will come up.  Apologies for the technical difficulties!

Without further ado, here they are:

Natalie, Megan, Kate, & Sasha’s Clean Water Commercial

Amos, Cleo, Lucas, & Simon’s String Cheese Commercial

Lucas & Nathan’s Banana Commercial

Jane, Alex, Phineas, & Jack’s Apple Commercial

Hana & Rylan’s Reading Commercial

Sophie & Sylvie’s Green Bean Commercial

Daniel, Owen, & Jahnavi’s Blueberries Commercial

Gabriel, Julian, Lucas, & Kayan’s Basketball Commercial

Henry & Miles’s Watermelon Commercial

Kenton & Cam’s Frisbee Commercial

Zach & Aiden’s Water Commercial

 

I’m so proud of the work these kids did.  I don’t know about you, but I think the commercials look pretty darn professional.  Go first grade readers!

Thank you so much for sharing your children with me this year!  Have a wonderful summer!

First Grade Enrichment Reading: Commercials

As the culminating event for our advertising unit in first grade reading, the students created their own commercials.  Each group came up with a concept, picked one or more advertising techniques, created a story board, and then rehearsed, filmed, and edited their commercials.

Today, I am proud to present their finished products.  I know, way to work until the last minute!  We’ve been frantically editing up until now when I am typing this post.  (No, I wasn’t still editing commercials at 11 o’clock last night.  That would be crazy!)

The commercials are on YouTube, but they are unlisted.  This means you can get to them if you follow the links, but they don’t appear in a Google search.   There is no way to get to the commercials unless you have the direct link.  And without further ado, here they are:

Natalie, Megan, Kate, & Sasha’s Clean Water Commercial

Amos, Cleo, Lucas, & Simon’s String Cheese Commercial

Lucas & Nathan’s Banana Commercial

Jane, Alex, Phineas, & Jack’s Apple Commercial

Hana & Rylan’s Reading Commercial

Sophie & Sylvie’s Green Bean Commercial

Daniel, Owen, & Jahnavi’s Blueberries Commercial

Gabriel, Julian, Lucas, & Kayan’s Basketball Commercial

Henry & Miles’s Watermelon Commercial

Kenton & Cam’s Frisbee Commercial

Zach & Aiden’s Water Commercial

 

I’m so proud of the work these kids did.  I don’t know about you, but I think the commercials look pretty darn professional.  Go first grade readers!

Thank you so much for sharing your children with me this year!  Have a wonderful summer!

Kindergarten Enrichment Reading: Disgusting Critters Infographics

The Kindergarten Enrichment Reading students have finished their Disgusting Critters Infographics!  They read their disgusting critters books, collected research about their critters, and then presented what they knew.  Check out the final projects here:

http://bit.ly/2sudSIN

Wow!  I’m so proud of these kids!  This was our last day of Kindergarten Enrichment Reading.  I have loved working with these students, and I wish all of you a wonderful (and not disgusting) summer!

First Grade Enrichment Reading: Filming Commercials

First Grade Enrichment Readers are all in the process of filming their commercials.  I have 11 commercial groups, and we filmed 6 commercials yesterday.  If your child is in one of the 5 groups that have not yet filmed, I apologize if they are feeling anxious or left out.  Fear not!  All groups will have a chance to film (and then edit and present).

I know some students have food props at school that make filming time-sensitive.  I am at TJ all day today, but I hope to film some commercials on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  All of the filming will be completed by next Thursday, June 15th.

Stay tuned for the completed commercial masterpieces!

First Grade Enrichment Math: Choose Your Salary

When the first grade math students came to class on Wednesday, I told them that I was going to hire them for a special kind of job lasting 7 weeks.  The only thing the job requires is that you calculate your salary.  What a deal!  Even better, the kids get to choose their own salary from two options.

Option 1: You get $100 the first day, $200 the second day, $300 the third day, and so on.  Each day you are paid $100 more than the day before.

OR

Option 2:  You get 1 cent the first day, 2 cents the second day, 4 cents the third day, and so on.  Each day you are paid double what you were paid the day before.

The kids selected an option and circled it on their worksheet.  All but one student chose Option 1, and that student was mocked so much that he contemplated changing his mind (he stayed strong, though — go Daniel!!).

I ALLOWED THE STUDENTS TO USE CALCULATORS FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT.  PLEASE let them use calculators at home!  Please force them to use a calculator if necessary!  For their sake, your sake, and mine.

Using our calculators, we started figuring out the salaries.  We worked out the daily pay for week one for both Options, and then calculated the weekly total for both Options ($2,800 for Option 1; $1.27 for Option 2.  The kids who picked Option 1 were feeling pretty smug).

I let the kids loose to work on their own.  Most kids stuck with calculating daily pay and weekly totals for Option 1.  A handful worked on daily pay and weekly totals for Option 2.

I told the students in class that once they get to about week 5 on Option 2, they may start to feel like banging their head against the table.  THIS IS THE SIGN THAT IT’S TIME TO STOP.  Please don’t force your child to finish if the numbers are unwieldy and your child is not enjoying the work.  By week 5 or so of Option 2, they get the point — Option 2 yields waaaaaaay more money than Option 1.

I just want them to get a general understanding of how quickly doubling yields huge numbers.  It doesn’t seem possible that starting with one cent would be the more lucrative option, but it sure is.  With Option 1, the grand total is $122,500.  With Option 2, a student would be making more than that per day by Wednesday of Week 4. On Sunday of Week 5, a student would be earning $171,798,656.00 per day.

The students were disappointed to learn that I would not actually be paying them this money.  I only wish I could!