Last week in my 2nd grade co-teaching classroom, we have been exploring the question: What are all the different ways we communicate information? We started with a circle map, to hear all the different ways the students already knew, and within that process, my co-teaching partner, Quincey Williamson, led them through creating a student definition of “communication”.
We informed the class that we were going to explore communication in different ways and, in the end, return to our circle map to record what we learned. (This is why all of the initial responses on the circle map are with the same color of marker.) This was followed by moving to parallel groups to read a story of Helen Keller within our Journeys basal.
The following day, we had for our students four communication stations that would last two days (which ended up lasting three due to taking time to explain the stations on day one). Students would go to two stations a day, within a 45-minute period of time. Each station was designed to stretch the students’ understanding of the different ways to communicate, while engaging in that process through hands-on activities.
We were both so proud of how our students engaged in this new learning! 🙂 On our final day, we brought the students back together on the carpet and had them share what they had learned. To wrap-up our lesson, for this portion of our communication unit, I read the following book:
Which is a fun book, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if the students still played that game. About half the class was familiar with the game, so we had them try it out, and had some laughs. 🙂
If you want to do similar communication stations in your classroom, these are the following sites that we used to support our lesson: