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Working PRINCIPLED in 1st gradeTo work on the Principled attribute, 1st-grade students built a collective story from images. The methodology used was Snowball, in which students start the activity individually, and then in larger groups, they need to discuss their ideas and reach a consensus. Initially, each student received an image and had a few […]


In 25 of June of 2018

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Working PRINCIPLED in 1st grade
To work on the Principled attribute, 1st-grade students built a collective story from images. The methodology used was Snowball, in which students start the activity individually, and then in larger groups, they need to discuss their ideas and reach a consensus.

Initially, each student received an image and had a few minutes to imagine a story from it. Then the children formed pairs and, together, reorganized their ideas taking into account two images of the story.

 

In the next stage, the pairs joined in quartets and, once again, reorganized the story, now with four images.

Then two quartets formed a group, now in possession of the eight images that formed the whole story. The children set out their ideas and, together, built the final version of the story. At the moment of execution, teamwork was crucial, the respect and value given to each of the students` ideas and opinions.

To conclude the exercise, each group presented the final story they created to their other classmates.

Throughout the activity, it was possible to observe children`s engagement and their ability to work as a team, despite the differences between them.

Working PRINCIPLED in 3rd grade, group A
The 3rd grade, group A students worked on the Principled attribute with the Schneeball methodology, also known as 1-2-4-alle Methode, that is, snowball or Method 1-2-4-all. The students worked on the theme estimation. At first, each child received a task to think individually.

Then, they formed pairs, where the children could talk about what each one initially thought. They discussed, compared, and analyzed the information among themselves.

After the discussion in pairs, the students gathered in groups of four children and discussed their estimations. At that moment, they experimented by verifying objects, comparing their results with what reality presented them.

And finally, the work culminated in a presentation for the whole class on the results obtained from each group.

Working PRINCIPLED in 3rd grade, group B
In order to work on the Principled attribute, 3rd grade, group B students used their knowledge about the literary genre Fairy Tale, that they worked on during the bimester in their Portuguese language classes. The Snowball methodology was also used here. From the main points of the fairy tales, the children constructed a new story, observing some elements given by the teachers.

In the first stage of the activity, the children individually created an initial situation for the story. For this, the students had to consider an image with the main character of the story to be created.

In the next step, then in pairs, the children had to read their ideas to each other and, together, elaborate a single scenario for the story. Once this was done, the pairs received a new challenge: to create the conflict of the story, from a new image that presented the evil element of the story.

Reunited in quartets, the children then had to, once again, reorganize their ideas and write a single initial scenario and conflict, from the opinions of everyone in the group. In addition, the groups were given the task of concluding the story, now in possession of the other elements of the story: hero and the magic object.

 

To conclude the activity, each group presented the story they created for the other classmates.

Throughout the project, it was possible to observe that the children sought solutions to the difficulties that arose in the course of the task since they had to often reconsider their ideas and reach a consensus.

Engagement and creativity were not lacking!