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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Water Safety in 1st Grade

In first grade, we have a standard that reads: 
Describe the need for water and how to be safe around water.

The second half of the standard was addressed in the following lesson featured today.
The key question presented to students was: What are some ways that we can be safe around water?

This lesson is very appropriate for our area as well since we are located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Mrs. Deslauriers brought her class in this week for this lesson. And....I know you have heard me say it before, but it is such a huge part of the success stories, she came in ahead of time and read over the lab!

Here are the materials for the lesson: lesson plan, booklets, and 9 sets of sorting cards in baggie.

The students brought in their school boxes and placed them at the lab tables, then proceeded to the floor area to meet with Mrs. Deslauriers. She reviewed places where they might be around large bodies of water (beach, pool, river, etc.). The lesson calls for the students to read the booklet called "A Day at the Pool." The lesson plan that was provided by AIMs called for the teacher to read it aloud and listen carefully for any water safety tips. However, Mrs. Deslauriers had the students choral read it. I loved it!!! I have mostly taught intermediate grades and not used choral reading, but it just goes to show how we can use so many different approaches. Her students were very attentive and did capture the safety rules. She knew her students well.

Choral reading and discussing their books.

They discussed these tips and later compiled a list in their classrooms.

The students worked in pairs to to sort the cards into two groups ----those that show unsafe practices, and those that show safe water practices.

If time permitted, you could have the kids compare their sorts to another group.

Mrs. Deslauriers copied the cards onto a worksheet to have them individually sort for an assessment.
Great Idea!

Here is their assessment of safe and not safe. Great Job.

I love it as a science coach when teachers are willing to take those boxes in the lab and give it a whirl, then provide me feedback on whether it was successful or needs tweaking. Sharing with others what works and doesn't helps us all be more effective.

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