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Archive for Melissa Makagon

Dynamic Learning: First Graders Making Connections

  “… They started dreaming of all the Invisible Strings they have, and all the strings their friends have,and their friends have, and their friends have,until everyone in the world was connected by Invisible Strings.” (The Invisible String by Patrice Karst) First graders at Baker Demonstration School have been immersed in some really big ideas

Is Pink Just for Girls?

Dear Families, Last week I wrote about our new thinking routine, where children are paired together in order to speak and listen to each other as they talk through a problem or question that has been posed. This speaking/listening routine is part of what is termed oracy and is the first step in acquiring reading and

Bridges

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway The World’s Longest Beam Bridge Over Water This week our first graders began their study of bridges in earnest. We began by giving the children some challenges to build a variety of bridge structures with limited materials. One challenge was to see who could make the longest bridge. After some reflecting, the

What Does Morning Meeting Look Like in First Grade?

By Melissa Makagon, 1st grade Good Morning Everybody! Dear Families, Many of you have expressed interest in what a Morning Meeting is and what it looks like in our first grade classroom. During our morning meeting, children and teachers gather together to greet each other, share information, and engage in an activity. The goals of

What the Water Taught Us

Dear Families, Last week while pumping water through PVC pipes we watched as it went down a storm drain in the parking lot. This led to us developing some new “wonderings” such as: What is a storm drain? Where does the water go? What is pollution? How does pollution change the water? Who needs clean

The Wonderful Ways We Learn at Baker

September 15, 2018 Dear Families, It was wonderful to meet with you at our Back to School Night last Thursday. I hope you all found the evening to be informative and enjoyable. Emma and I loved showing you a bit of our first grade life. I sent home packets for those of you who were