First graders tend to have a lot of energy. Some groups more than others, but overall, I think most would agree when I say first graders are energetic little people! I want students to be able to move around, socialize with peers, while discussing educational topics so I began doing more “Classbuilding” activities.
“Classbuilding” was introduced to me through a Kagan workshop I went to a few years ago. Kagan helps create engaging cooperative learning structures in your classroom. “Classbuilding” is an activity that gets 100% of the class participating and moving around the room. It can be educational (think common core standards) or fun (think favorites…favorite food, favorite color, ect.) It is a great way to get kids interacting with one another.
How it works: Students walk around the room with their paper. They are looking to find other students who know the answers to the questions. Children will walk around the room with one hand raised high in the air and “high-five” another child when they find a partner.
Just like anything else students need lots of modeling to get this down but my first graders had a blast being able to walk around the room and “high-five” their classmates!
|This “Find Someone Who” activity was done on whiteboards (last minute) to help reinforce adding double digits with my first graders.|