First Grade Know & Go

The Writing Process & Hour of Code

Today we started our day together talking about the writing process (we are currently writing shadow puppet stories). I know that using a story map to brainstorm ideas and then writing a draft copy is very, very new to them. Based on their questions, I decided to step back and together we created a class story as a model of what they would need to do on their own. This seemed to really help them! After that they jumped into their story writing with little hesitation. We also talked about what they can do if they are stuck or unsure. It's so hard for a child that has been labeled gifted to understand that they are not expected to know everything and that challenges should be embraced! They will get there, I promise! Our second hour was spent participating in a global program called Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming. They seemed to really love it so I am sure we will try it again!

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