We are at the point in the year where I like to relinquish control to my firsties and let them be more responsible for their learning. We have talked a lot about connections the past two weeks, so they were definitely ready to get into groups and go to work.
We read both of these books in the same day:
Goatilocks (the most precious version of the original)
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
I put the kids into groups of 3.
They had about 15 minutes to write down and record their learning into a Venn Diagram.
They worked so cohesively together...made my teacher heart proud to hear them actually talking about the story, making their "point" known and helping their partners understand their thinking.
They then had to present their ideas, proudly of course.
It was great to just let them go--completly on their own--with no guidance to see what they could come up with. As teachers, we tend to guide until we can't guide anymore....something we are good at. So I challenge you to let your little ones go, and do what they are fully capable of doing on their own if you have taught them well! You will be surprised!