Monday, October 22, 2012


Here are some simple, yet meaningful ways to nurture Comprehension and Collaboration.

SL.K.1.  Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about Kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
-Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).

iPhone – Write a capital “I” on an index card and tape it to a cylinder block to make your iPhone.  Pass the prop around as children take turns making up sentences that being with “I…”  Only the person with the iPhone can talk!
*You can use a toy microphone in a similar way.
Podium – Make a podium for your classroom from an old music stand or large cardboard box that the students have decorated.  Discuss proper etiquette when someone is speaking.  What does it mean to be a good listener?  Let children take turns standing behind the podium and reciting rhymes or telling stories.

Thumbs Up Thinking – When you ask a question, tell the children to put their thumb next to their chest if they know the answer.  That will give everyone “thinking time.”
*Tell them to put up additional fingers if they know more answers.

-Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.

Good News – Start each day by going around the classroom and asking each child to say something positive. 
*Start this routine by singing, “Tell me something good…”

Shut Your Eyes Show and Tell – Have children shut their eyes as you do traditional show and tell.  After everyone has had a turn talking, go around the class and encourage everyone to state something new that they learned.
*Relate show and tell to a unit of study, letter, shape, natural object, etc.

Partner Share – Frequently divide children up into pairs so the can recall information, tell what they learned, ask and answer questions, etc.