Dendrites, Thinking, and Learning Seeds!

Our brains have been SO busy this week! We’ve been studying metacognition and learning how important it is to think about what we read and write. Here are a few highlights from our week:

First, we broke out our big thinking cloud and used it it to make our thinking concrete! My kiddos loved “showing” the class what they were thinking!
We spent a few days reading the book, What Would You Do With a Tail Like This?
We had to think about what animals were on the page and what they would use their various body parts for.  We learned so many interesting facts along the way!
When we were talking about our brains, one of my little sweeties had an AMAZING connection!  He told me that thinking was kind of like a flower seed. A seed makes a flower grow, and thinking makes your brain grow! Why didn’t I think of that?!
So I wrote this little song for my kids to help them remember that thinking makes their brains grow!
You can grab your own copy of this song/poem by clicking HERE to download it from Google Docs.  Enjoy!
Yesterday, we drew pictures of what we thought our brain looked like while we were thinking! Take a look at my kiddos’ amazing illustrations! 

I had so much fun listening to my first graders explain to me what was going on in their little brains while they were thinking!
Take a look:

I hope you enjoyed our metacognition activities!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  The hubby and I are headed to dinner this evening and then I am spending the night getting my things packed and ready for my first SDE session on Monday! Yay!! I am so excited to share some oral language and writing activities with some new friends. 🙂 

 I’ll be back Monday with a post about some bonus ideas and activities that I wasn’t able to fit into my session for Monday! 🙂 Stop and visit to pick up some new oral language ideas for your classroom.

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    1. Hi Angela! I'm so sorry I don't have one currently. I grabbed this image off google for my classroom purposes and stuck the question on the top. I've been looking for brain clip art to make one for y'all but no luck yet.

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