Checking for prior knowledge, getting them tuned in
I've opened up my last unit of the year with my grade 2 students this week at Nanjing International School. To begin the unit, the key question that I posed to them was 'What do you know about net games?'. The students did a short walk and talk sharing their answers to the key question. I recorded their answers in my journal. I had two different grade 2 classes today share their answers to the key question. They came up with some great ideas with the second class building upon the ideas of the first class. As you can see, I included some clip art images of net games on the visual to help stimulate their thinking. All of the student answers you see came from them.
Once they had shared their answers, I had them take part in a number of different activities using ping pong paddles and ping pong balls, both individually and in pairs. Please check out the video below to see the 6 different activities done in today's class. The kids were super engaged not only physically, but also thinking and sharing what they felt that they knew about net games. A great start to the unit! Please check out video below to see the activities done today.
What They Already Know About Net Games