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:

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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!

First Grade Enrichment Math: Shopping for Words

We had so much fun with our penguin activity that this week we embarked on an activity that was similarly challenging — we went shopping for words.  I gave the kids a sheet listing the prices for each letter — A cost $1, B cost $2, all the way up to Z for $26.

The kids had several tasks, and I let them choose which ones to work on in class (though I strongly encouraged them to choose tasks 3 and 4):

  1. Calculate the value of their first and last names
  2. Calculate the value difference between their first and last names
  3. Find a word worth exactly $50
  4. Find a word worth exactly $100
  5. Find the most expensive word you can

The kids spent the entire class busily working to find solutions.  Everyone calculated the value of their first name.  I thought mine (Elizabeth) might be the most expensive ($88), but I was beaten by both Kaitlyn and Sylvie (both $92).

Several students were able to find $50 words.  Once a student found a $50 word, it was considered “purchased” for that class and no one else in the group was allowed to write it down as their own.  No one came up with a $100 word.

Finding words worth exactly $50 and $100 takes a lot of calculations.  The kids should keep trying at home.  If they enjoy it, let them run with it.  If they become frustrated, they should spend no more than 10 or 15 minutes on each problem, and then they should call it a day.

I gave specific requirements for the last problem, the most expensive word.  Onomatopoeia words don’t count, so no coming in with ZZZZZZZZZZZ or the like.  Proper names are also disqualified.  Words need to be real words that can be found in the dictionary.  Long medical names and “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” are explicitly excluded.

I hope this assignment is fun and not stressful.  If it’s more the latter than the former, set it aside and move on!

Kindergarten Enrichment Reading: Researching Disgusting Critters

Yesterday in Kindergarten Enrichment Reading, we again met in the library, and we began our disgusting critter research in earnest.

I used The Worm, which we read together last week, to model how to fill out the Disgusting Critter Research form.  We worked together to hunt through the book for the information we needed to fill out the form.

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Next, I talked to the kids about how to find the form in their Disgusting Critters packet.

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After that, the kids chose a critter to research, and began the process of finding out all they could about their chosen critter.

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Some students are working alone and some are working with a partner.  I left this up to them, and they all seemed happy with their choice (but do let me know if you hear otherwise).IMG_4295

The children worked diligently to fill out their forms.  They asked lots of (relevant) questions.IMG_4296

I don’t know about you, but a room full of kindergarten students using books to research makes me feel all gooey inside.*

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*Given that we learned from The Worm that some worms’ habitat is the inside of a human’s or an animal’s body, I feel that I should note that this gooey feeling is not because I have a parasite.  Or at least I don’t think I do!

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The two students in the photo below are researching the spider. Their Disgusting Critter book tells how many species of spiders there are but doesn’t list any examples of those species.  Mr. Spindle helped the students locate library books about specific types of spiders, and the students worked together to list the types that interested them on their form.IMG_4299

Waaaaait a minute… trapdoor spiders are a thing?  I find this information unsettling, but Ashlynn and Daylon don’t seem bothered.

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When you undertake a project like this for the first time, it’s a bit of a gamble.  Mr. Spindle and I talked a lot while we prepared, but we still weren’t exactly sure how it would all work.  Yesterday, we breathed deep sighs of relief. The students are doing an amazing job with their research, and they seem super motivated to learn about their critters.

Stay tuned to see how they present their findings!