For the next few months I place an object in a themed box and the children ask complete YES/NO questions to figure out as a group what is inside. If they guess correctly they all get what is inside!
This is a very challenging task and involves several skills. To be successful they need to ask questions to eliminate or include categories of things. Then make smart guesses based on clues to make the correct guess. For example, Is it something you can eat? will either eliminate all edibles or include edible items in their guess. They need to look over the yes/no clues before asking as well to figure out . Some children will ask Is it a mummy? not attending to clues or will ask an opinion Is it scary? which is a maybe answer.
During the summer, I developed a project idea that I wrote up & submitted to an organization called Donor's Choose.
My idea was to get funding for 12 backpack chairs to aid the children with sitting and attending during activities, group meetings or reading on the rug. Sitting on the rug can be difficult for some children in my classroom.
This project was generously funded in less than a month by friends, family and unanimous donors. There were numerous snags and I didn't think we were going to get the chairs ( lack of stock , back ordered and mailing issues etc.) but they finally arrived!
This was a wonderful opportunity to talk about generosity of others. Room 15 will be writing thank you cards and letters soon to be published on Donors Choose for the generous people who helped room 15 to see and enjoy.