Bridges Grade 1 Advice for Unit 3, Sessions 1-10
Where should you be now? If you’re on track you are close to, or done, with Unit 2. The year I had a student teacher, finishing the last unit exactly the day before school let out in June, I was finishing Unit Two and just starting Unit Three the week before winter break started. Hopefully you’re a little ahead of where I was. There are 21 Sessions in Unit 3, and you have approximately 33 teaching days in December and January. If you should happen to finish before the end of January, just go straight into Penguins.
I will discuss the first 10 sessions in Unit 3 in this entry. If you’ve made Crab and Sea Star problems at the end of Unit 2, solving them is the first thing you’ll do in Unit 3.
Sea Creature Sorting & Graphing. Sessions 8 & 9, is a great way to have the children’s natural interest in sea creatures carry over into an experience in graphing. My suggestion is to start the lesson exactly as laid out in the book. But when you get to the penguin, or the next creature after that, you never know where this lesson might go. Don’t worry - it turned out differently almost every year I did this session. I have even ended up making a three-column graph for this lesson because that is where the children voted to go. After our discussion, rather than me making the final decision as to where the next creature would go, I would use thumbs up and thumbs down to get a group decision. “If you want the penguin to go with the dolphin, thumbs up. If you want it with the crab and sea turtle, thumbs down.” Again, you will want to sit at the Work Place 3F for a while, especially to help with the complicated task of labeling the columns and entire graph. The biggest question I faced was what to say when a child wanted to label the two with columns with titles such as “I Like” and “Hard Shells.”