Some interesting things happen when we learn together, and when students have the chance to think for themselves.
Take the day we worked in teams to analyze a text. Students were looking for the main ideas and for the transition / connecting words that tie the evidence together.
The group above above worked out a plan. One of them found the transition / connecting words, one of the found them main ideas, and one of them checked for accuracy.
And one of them said, "I found a new transition word not on our lists. It's "including." It's used to add new information."
That's the beauty of time to work in teams, analyzing the work, and applying it to discover additional strategies and terms we can use--- and sharing those ideas in our learning community.
On another time, the fifth grade students were teaming up to search information about presidents. And one of them tried to type in a URL and said, "There should be a .com on the keyboard!" Good idea!
Our current project is a presidential argumentative essay. We're learning basic parts of the argument, including claim, evidence, warrant. You can see our lessons here:
The Presidents Day Assembly is Friday, February 19th at 1:30 PM. Hope to see you there!
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