Grades

    Re: Partnering with a 3rd grade classroom
    jinK

    On 9/13/14, jacque/Wa/K-1/nbct 2006 wrote:
    > On 9/12/14, kteacher wrote:
    >> Hello everyone,
    >> I was interested in having my kindergarten class partner
    with a
    >> 3rd grade class in our building. Have any of you ever done
    this
    >> and if so would you be will ing to share some things you
    had
    >> the kids do together???
    >> Thanks so much.
    > I have had third grade buddies for several years
    now....here's
    > what we do every year--very little planning for either
    teacher
    > yet a valid, quality product......
    >
    > First time we get together I make a Bingo game from all the
    > student names and the 3rd grade teacher, plus my assistant-
    --this
    > year a 3rd grade student asked if our Principal was on it
    and I
    > think I might add her too..next year. They LOVE playing
    this and
    > we will play it again at the end of the year when
    kindergartners
    > won't need so much help with the names. After that, we have
    a
    > poem called "Follow Your Heart Little One" written by a
    retired
    > teacher from our school that lends itself well to having
    students
    > illustrate each line. There are just enough lines
    (sometimes due
    > to schedule changes we have to double up a couple of lines
    but
    > there are some short ones that are easy to do that with) to
    last
    > most of the year with us writing down the line and then
    > illustrating it. We bind them together with either a
    plastic
    > spiral binding or Raffi, ribbon, etc., and each child has a
    > poetry book to take home at year's end. It's fun to have
    some
    > 3rd graders in my buddie class who were also in my kkinder
    class
    > and now get to make another book---they have never
    complained!
    >
    > We just use white construction paper for each page and they
    use
    > one day to make a cover at the end, then a blank page for
    the
    > back.
    >
    > We also go on a field trip to the beach with our buddies at
    the
    > end of the year. Beach Ranger comes and leads us around to
    look
    > at sea creatures.
    >
    > Simple, but delightful..
    If you care to share the poem you use, I would love to have
    it!
    Thanks!