Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Who's This?

To a young learner, an object is an object no matter which way you move it or look at it.  Turn a bowl upside down and it's still a bowl.  Obviously this isn't the case with letters and numerals.  To help my first graders catch on to this new concept, I use one of my smaller kiddos to help me demonstrate the idea several times during the first weeks of school while we're learning correct letter and numeral formation.  My kids love it every single time.  


Me:  Who's this?
Kids:  Michael


Me:  Who's this?
Kids:  Michael


Me:  Who's this?
Kids:  Michael
(I usually turn him one more time and ask the question again before this last step.)


Me:  Who's this?
Kids:  Michael
(Their favorite part!)

Then of course we talk about how this isn't the case with letters and numerals.  Turn them around, and they're not who they used to be.  Like I said, the kids love it and it makes a great point.

P.S.  I don't typically wear shorts and knee pads to school.  It was alphabet dress-up day, and my letter was V.  Look here if you'd like to know more about it.

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20 comments:

  1. Cute idea! I am sure they were all wanting you to use them as your example after you used the first one. :) Hope you had a fun alphabet day!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Lori, I'm sure they'd all love for me to turn them upside down. :)

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  2. I love this idea!! I bet the kids love it too!!
    Connie Anderson
    www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

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  3. Ok that was my first question why the knee pads! Lol looks like fun and I may have to steal alphabet day next year! Or adapt it for this year! You're always full of great ideas Tammy!

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    1. Tammy, you should steal. It's what I did. :)

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  4. Well, I kinda like your look. Dress codes have been such an issue here, I joke that they should just buy us scrubs to wear every day lol. And I want to know, who's braver, you or your kiddo? Do you get a squeal with the roller coaster move? Sara

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    1. Sara, I think I'd enjoy wearing scrubs to work every day. Sounds comfy! No squeals but definitely big smiles!

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  5. LOVE it!!! You are so creative and I was super excited to see those knee pads as a volleyball player myself. :)

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    1. Maria, thank you! I enjoy an excuse to wear something sporty to school every so often. :)

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  6. I can't wait until Monday so I can do this with my little ones.
    Lyn

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    1. Lyn, super! Your ones are so little, they'll be easy to flip over. :)

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