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We are partners in learning!
Throughout the school year, Mrs. Mangumâ€™s kindergarten class and Mrs. Pipesâ€™ second grade class have collaborated in their learning. They have formed a partnership to enhance each childâ€™s learning in reading, social studies, and science.
Each Friday, the two classes join together to share their partner-reading time. When this partnership began, Mrs. Pipesâ€™ students acted as mentors for Mrs. Mangumâ€™s students. Her students read texts to Mrs. Mangumâ€™s students as they listened. The students then discussed the texts, which helped to determine the kindergarten studentsâ€™ comprehension of what was read to them. Later on in the year as Mrs. Mangumâ€™s students began to read, they were able to read their texts to Mrs. Pipesâ€™ students. Each partnership was encouraged to learn from one another.
In December, Mrs. Mangumâ€™s students participated in Santaâ€™s Workshop, a social studies unit relating to consumers, producers, goods and services. The students portrayed Santaâ€™s elves as they worked diligently to produce items that they could â€œpurchaseâ€ at the end of the unit. Mrs. Pipesâ€™ class also participated in a similar social studies unit called â€œMini Societyâ€, in which the students also made and provided items for purchase. As a culminating activity, Mrs. Mangumâ€™s class was invited to purchase items at Mrs. Pipesâ€™ â€œMini Societyâ€. This helped to reinforce the concept of goods and services. A math component was also taught as the students purchased the items with their own â€œmoneyâ€.
For the past few weeks, Mrs. Mangumâ€™s class has observed the stages relating to a butterflyâ€™s life in Mrs. Pipesâ€™ class. On Friday, May 27th, Mrs. Mangumâ€™s class was invited to share in the release of the butterflies. This was a fascinating and awesome experience for the kindergarteners!
It has been a very pleasurable experience being â€œpartners in learningâ€ with Mrs. Pipesâ€™ second grade class! We have all learned so much!
Written by: Cindy Mangum, Kindergarten Teacher
Posted: Jun 07, 2011 by Jennifer Williams