To investigate the formations of lower case letters, the SK students were invited to take their learning outdoors and collect as many ‘pieces of nature’ that they could find to collaborate and build all the lower case letters that they new. As a teacher, there is little prep required for this provocation! Each student was given a brown paper bag to collect their materials and large pieces of white bristol board were laid down as our canvas. As each letter was created it was photographed to be used later as our collective resource. The students quickly took charge of their exploration, ensuring that no letters were missed.
How will we know that we have made all the letters? – K Student
We have to count! – K Student
No, We need a list! – K Student
The students were provided with the list of letters that they requested, and marked each letter as it was completed. Together, they decided that if they duplicated letters they would review the pictures to choose the ones they liked best. Once all of the letters had been built we moved back inside to decide on the pictures that would be displayed in our classroom.
This provocation allowed the students to take charge of their exploration and investigate lower case letter formations in an active and student-driven way. Engaging students in this process allowed them to create a meaningful classroom resource to interact with in our space.