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As students in Wendy Lokenâ€™s First Grade class get compliments from other staff and get caught doing the right thing during their school day, they earn a â€œLoken Token.â€ One by one the students have filled up the jar this school year, which means the whole class earns a reward. Loken turned this event into a learning opportunity by first having the students vote on choices for their reward.
The students came up with ideas like an extra recess, no homework for a day, show and tell, or to bring in a stuffed animal for a day. The class created a secret ballot and using tally marks voted on the winning choice, which was to bring in a stuffed animal on Friday, January 13, 2012.
Loken wanted this reward to be more than just the students bringing in a stuffed animal. So during Writerâ€™s Workshop time on Friday, students wrote five facts about their animal. Then students practiced reading their facts to get ready for a special introduction for the class. Each student then had to read their writing and introduce their animal to the class.
Here are a few of the facts shared by some of the first graders. Ashleigh Spruiell wrote â€œMy bearâ€™s name is Alley. It is a girl. She is pink. I got her from build-a-bear workshop. She has brown eyes. In my mind she is a fashionista. She is my first build-a-bear ever. She has sparkles in her fur.â€
Another student, Lainie Ross, wrote â€œMy favorite animal is Winnie the Pooh. I love him because I got him with my own money!â€
Nate Viele, another student, wrote â€œMy stuffed animal is red. I sleep with him. He is a good dog. He eats my bad dreams. He is good. He is five years old.â€
From counting tally marks to writing and reading facts, Loken turned a class reward into a learning experience her students will always remember.
Written by: Beth Medlin, Media Coordinator and Wendy Loken, First Grade Teacher
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 by Beth Medlin