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...
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!