Aug 23, 2012

Portrait the Portrait

I have always loved those beginning of the year/get to know your students activities.  All the good conversations that help you get to know each one of them.  Well, this year looks a little different for us. (I think I will be saying this a lot!)  Since we will all be working with our curious firsties this year, we decided to do all of these lessons as a grade level. It is such a great time to see my amazing co-workers in action.  I learn so much from them.

Today we focused on self-portraits.

It started off with our new Whole Brain Teaching CHAMPS routine, of course.  Then onto the book:


Then Maria did an amazing job showing the students how they can use letters and numbers to create a self-portrait. (U for the face, 3 for the mouth, etc.)

On to the self-portraits...


Add a little outline...


And voila!  




After this...they did add color.  I was impressed with these portraits!

Once these wonderful pictures were made, colored, and displayed, I introduced the book "Cat the Cat Who Is That?" by Mo Willems.  Do you know this story?




  It could seem a little easy for first grade.  But I used it as a way to do two things: 1. introduce ourselves to one another and 2. introduce speech bubbles. 
They loved the story!  They thought it was funny and enjoyed looking for the speech bubbles. After the story we practiced introducing ourselves just like the author did.  "I am Em the Em." or "I am Mrs. Eshman the Mrs. Eshman."  The students thought this was funny and were laughing as they introduced themselves! :)

 Once the practicing was complete, students had to write their introduction.  We wanted to attach it to their self-portrait.  We decided to just use an large index card for this to ensure that they had enough room.



Each index card said: "I am____________the __________."

The students did a great job writing the sentence and it was a nice little assessment/observation tool for us (well, so was the self-portrait).

We used the same book to make speech bubbles later in the day for our monkey craftivity!  We even had some hidden speech bubbles around all three rooms that students had to search for!  Speech bubbles are so much fun!

Em



6 comments:

  1. Love your blog. The colors are awesome! Thanks for being my 25th follower! :) Looking forward to following your blog. I really like your Speech Bubble mentor book. I love teaching the children about quotation marks...did you know the creases on either side of your smile..are just like quotations? Love teaching that trick to my students! :)

    Debbie
    Teise's Tidbits

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    1. I never thought of it that way!! That is a great trick. Thanks so much for checking out our blog!!!

      Em

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  2. I'm glad I found your blog. I always love when my students do their self portraits.

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    1. Self portraits are one of our favorites!! So glad that you stopped over at our blog! We are really enjoying the blog world that we have entered.

      Em

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  3. Great idea!!! I gave you guys a shout out today! :) Be sure to come check it out!

    Marie
    http://cotesclass.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-bubblegum-science-bulletin-and-diy.html

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    1. Marie,
      I read your post. Thank you so much! I have to admit...I was so excited to see our name on another blog :) I love your bubble gum science. I agree with Maria...that will be happening in our near future!
      Em

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