Students were exploring the effects of pushes and pulls, as well as size, shape, and materials on movement. They were encouraged to work cooperatively in small groups to create a structure with ramps to use in their experiments.
I heard things like:
- Should we make it taller?
- Can you please hold this?
- Wait, maybe this will work!
- We have to connect it better
- Do you think it (the ball) can go up again?
- What if you put it underneath?
- That’s awesome!
- Here! What if you try it? (gives another student the ball)
- Students making decisions both collaboratively and independently
- Students sharing their ideas confidently
- Students taking turns and using positive language to encourage their peers
- All students making contributions to the creation
- Students persevering when they encountered challenges and looking to each other for support and encouragement
- Students showing innovative thinking and taking risks to try new things
- Students communicating their ideas and needs to one another effectively
- Students being proud to share their creations with others
I contribute during group activities with peers and share roles and responsibilities to achieve goal
I take on different roles and tasks in the group and work respectfully and safely in our shared space. I express my ideas and help others feel comfortable to share theirs so that all voices are included. I work with others to achieve a common goal and can evaluate our group processes and results.
I communicate purposefully using forms and strategies I have practiced.
I participate in conversations for a variety of purposes (e.g., to connect, help, be friendly, learn/share). I listen and respond to others. I can consider my purpose when I am choosing a form and content. I can communicate clearly about topics I know and understand well, using forms and strategies I have practiced. I gather and present basic information I need.
I can ask questions and consider options. I can use my observations, experience, and imagination to draw conclusions and make judgments.
I can ask open-ended questions, explore, and gather information. I experiment purposefully to develop options. I can contribute to and use criteria. I use observation, experience, and imagination to draw conclusions, make judgments, and ask new questions. I can describe my thinking and how it is changing. I can establish goals individually and with others. I can connect my learning to my experiences and efforts and goals. I give and receive constructive feedback.