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Old 08-31-2007, 02:21 PM
 
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My students start school next week and I currently have table pencil boxes filled with supplies (crayons, pencils, erasers, markers). I'm wondering if I should remove all of these supplies and wait until I do a guided discovery of each one. The only problem is, the first thing I was planning to have my students do when they come into the classroom on the first day is make nametags using crayons or markers. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!


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Well, you need to have them on the table for the students to make nametags, right? So removing them is not an option. I think you can still do a guided discovery of the supply box later, by teaching and practicing procedures for sharing and caring for the supplies.
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I had mine use pencils before we did a discovery..but taht was about it. If it was me I would just have the crayons on the table. Or what age are they? I had mine sit on teh carpet fora while and chat quietly the first day and introduced procedures adn everything. i realy thought out what I needed to teach them and what we would need to do guided discovery on before doing an activity.
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You can let them use the supplies and then do Guided Discovery. Part of Guided Discovery is finding NEW ways to use familiar materials, as well as care and storage of the materials in the classroom. I also think that at the beginning of the year, the sharing component of GD is good to get the students used to it.
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Yeah, I don't think it's too big of a deal but if they are younger kids, I'd just start with crayons (and maaaaaybe markers if you really want to use them). I put out only crayons. Here was my guided discovery schedule for the first week:

M - crayons
T - pencils
W - books
Th - math tools
F - Dry erase boards, math tools

Next week we'll do colored pencils, markers, scissors and glue and some more math tools.
I teach 1st.


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Thanks for your suggestions. I think I will simply have crayons out at first, and then on my first day back do two guided discoveries - one with crayons and one with markers. I do allow them access to markers in their table pencil boxes throughout the year. I teach first grade, by the way.
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What is guided discovery? Is it a certain way to teach respect for classroom materials? I'd like to learn more about it so I can use it with my students. Thanks!!!!!!!!
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Yes, SPED - it's a way of introducing materials. It helps students see creative uses for them, how to take them out, use them safely, put them away carefully and so on. :-) I can post an example of a Guided Discovery "script" if you'd like! Just let me know.
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Hello,Would you please share a script for GD?
Thanks so much.
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Lisa,

I would really appreciate if you would. Thanks!


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here is the script!
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This is a paraphrased excerpt from the RC level 1 workbook:

1. Present material attractively packaged (wrapped in or in fun container). Gather students in a circle on floor.

2.Ask open-ended questions to find out what students already know about it:

What do you know about_____?
How have you used _____?


As students share, introduce important vocabulary.

3. Ask open-ended questions that help students notice details:

What do you notice about the ____?

What is ____ made of?

What shapes/colors, etc. do you see?


Walk around with material so students can look closely.

4. Begin with an open-ended question to generate ideas:

How might we use ___ in our classroom?

How might we use ___ to help us with our learning?


5. Ask a few students to model their ideas using a small set of the materials:

Ask student Will you show us how you might do that?

Everyone watch carefully and see what you notice about what s/he does.

What did you notice that s/he did?


Write down ideas/observations from students.

6. Generate ideas about how to care for the material by asking:

What can we do to take care of the ____ when we use them?
Gather student ideas then ask one student to model:

Will you show us a safe and careful way to take a ____ out and use it?

Everyone watch carefully and see what you notice about what s/he does.

What did s/he do to care for the _____?


7. Remain in circle formation:

Now we will all practice using the _______. Try out one of our ideas.
(pass out a limited number of materials to each students. Observe them as they work - reminding and redirecting. This part is about 10 minutes.)

8. If work resulted in a product, say:

If you'd like to share your work, hold it up so all in the circle can see it.

Or

Who would like to tell one thing you liked about your work today?

9. Ask a volunteer to model careful clean-up

Who will show a safe and careful way to put away the ____?

Everyone watch carefully to see how s/he cares for the _____

What did you notice?


As the whole class now cleans up the material, say:

I will watch and notice as you all put away the _____ safely and careful. Support and remind students as needed.
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Old 09-02-2007, 12:29 PM
 
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I am going to use this in my classroom. I really appreciate your sharing it. I hope you have a wonderful school year!
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:44 PM
 
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That script has helped me so much with my language and making sure I'm including important parts of the GD. I'm glad to share it! Hope you have a great year too :-)
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Thanks for sharing the script.
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