Tangram Tales Residency @ Strehle Elementary – Day 5 – Tuesday, January 20, 2009


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4th graders working on Tangrams - 1-20-09

4th graders working on Tangrams - 1-20-09

Friends:

On Tuesday, I left my camera in a first grade classroom so when I went home, I was unable to blog! So here I am catching up.

My 5th day at Strehle began in 4th grade. The students enjoyed their introduction to Tangrams and loved creating the Tangram pictures. After 4th grade, it was time to visit two Pre-K classes.

Pre-K working on Tangrams - 1-20-09

Pre-K working on Tangrams - 1-20-09

They were a sweet bunch, working intently on their Tangrams. In Pre-K, the object of of Tangrams is definitely process and not product. Tangrams are a great way for early childhood students to develop spatial reasoning as well as become familiar with shapes. When related to a story, Tangrams have a more significant impact for the students.

The period just before lunch was spent in Ms. Guidry’s 3rd grade class. It was my first visit to the class and Ms. Guidry prepped the students and had them excited to see me.

Ms. Guidry, 3rd grade teacher - 1-20-09

Ms. Guidry, 3rd grade teacher - 1-20-09

It was nearly time for the Presidential Inauguration – Barack Obama’s swearing in and the Inaugural speech. Ms. Guidry and I explained the significance of the moment the the students were phenomenal as we watched history on TV. They worked quietly on their Tangrams as we watched the Inauguration.

3rd Grader works on Boat Tangram - 1-20-09

3rd Grader works on Boat Tangram - 1-20-09

Ms. Guidry’s class, you were fantastic! Ms. Dianne is so proud of you!

After lunch, it was time to head to Ms. Badeaux’s 2nd grade class. The students were quite antsy and, for the first time, I had to administer discipline, sending two students to sit with their teacher at the back of the room for being disruptive. After that, they settled down and worked on their Tangrams.

Following Ms. Badeaux’s class, I headed to Ms. Hoadley’s 2nd grade classroom. They loved working with the Tangrams and there was an enormous amount of creativity with this class.

Ms. Hoadley's 2nd graders work on Tangrams

Ms. Hoadley's 2nd graders work on Tangrams

This Tangram was created by one of Ms. Hoadley’s students. It is a small birthday cake with a candle in it. Very inventive!

2nd grader invents birthday cake with candle Tangram - 1-20-09

2nd grader invents birthday cake with candle Tangram - 1-20-09

My day ended in Ms. Short’s first grade class. They loved having me in the class. Their exuberance was contagious and we had such a good time when I was telling an Anansi story.

Dianne tells Anansi story to Ms. Short's 1st grade class - 1-20-09

Dianne tells Anansi story to Ms. Short's 1st grade class - 1-20-09

These first graders are inquisitive and inventive. Look at this wonderful Tangram creation – a rocket soaring to the moon.

1st grader invents rocket going to the moon Tangram

1st grader invents rocket going to the moon Tangram

Ms. Short is one of those teachers whose passion for teaching reaches her students and translates into enthusiasm and the students’ genuine appreciation of the learning process. It is a joy to be in a classroom where learning is fun. Ms. Short surprised me on my birthday with a big king cake so I decided to surprise her and her class as well. I presented them with an autographed copy of The Cajun Cornbread Boy. Ms. Short was so ecstatic that she was jumping up and down. I wish I could have caught that on camera!

Thank you boys and girls for another great day at Strehle!

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne