We begin our study of problem solving by understanding and identifying that problems come in various sizes and require various levels of support. Room 15's categories are solving it our self ( small problem), needed a little bit of help by maybe one or two adults or needing help from emergency crews, hospitals, fire trucks etc ( Big Problems).
In this lesson, the children were asked to sort problems given to them into one of the three categories. At first Scaredy Squirrel sorted the problems but he put them ALL in the BIG category - even ones like broken pencil, lost pencil box and loud music! Scaredy Squirrel as we are learning is afraid of everything and plays dead or hides whenever he thinks there is a problem even a tiny one! The kids told him they could sort it for him and not all problems were BIG ones. And they did.
Next, the children were asked to fill out their own problem worksheet and share their answers. A smaller version of this will be placed at our quiet island .
We will soon be learning about a famous unthinkable - Glassman- who like Scaredy Squirrel, has BIG reactions to small problems!
The children completed their videos after developing their story line for a basic problem they could encounter on a GO chart. They were then asked to demonstrate their understanding of a rigid reaction and then show a flexible response to the same problem. A few children added Rock Brain an unthinkable that keeps us stuck none idea. For an explanation of this concept and the many activities we did before this project see here, here, here and here. Or just click on Flexibility category!
This is an ongoing focus in this class as we struggle with being flexible & problem solving. Enjoy their problem solving!
Problems come in various sizes . How we respond to them depends on the type of problem. We can solve a small problem by ourselves or with a friend quickly. We need an adult to help us solve a medium size problem & it could take a day or two. A BIG problem requires many people and takes many days or weeks to solve.
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