that’s what one of my kids told me today. “We never did this at my old school, I love it here”
We planted seeds today. The kiddies gobbled it up. Who knew digging a hole and planting seeds could bring them so much joy. I also had them wear their goggles to make them feel more like scientists and let me tell you, there is nothing cuter than a bunch of 6 year olds in goggles. They loved wearing them so much that a lot of them wrote in their science journals with their goggles still on and when they took them off they all rocked out the goggle lines on their foreheads, coming up to me going, “Look Ms S! I have lines on my head like a real scientist!” I’m pretty sure my I Can/I Will motivation strategy is working on them.
One of my classes still gives me agita – they just love to talk. I was late and frustrated going to my next class and told them that Ms S was feeling frustrated and hoped they could cheer me up. We started talking about what plants need to live and grow and one boy, N… raised his hand and said “the sun, water, and food.” I had a whole speech planned about how plants get their food from the soil, involving how you don’t give a plant cereal for breakfast or sloppy joes for lunch and was about to start giving it when A…, one of my brightest, raised her hand and said “but Ms S! Plants get their food from the soil!” I must have gotten a huge smile on my face because the whole class said, “Look! We made Ms S happy! She’s smiling!!” I was sooo close to happy tears. After a rough pretest I was feeling a little down about this unit but it’s amazing how 13 first graders can quickly change my outlook.
Now back to lesson planning…