Today we continued discussing determining importance. My lesson idea originally came from bloggy friend Amanda Nickerson who told me she got the idea from Comprehension Connections by Tanny McGregor. Amazing women with amazing ideas!
Anyway, I borrowed a purse from one of the dress-up areas from our kindergarten room and stuffed it with 6 items from my own purse (because let's be honest, there about a million things in my REAL purse). My context: I was going to the gym after work. In our lesson, we pulled each of the 6 items out of my purse and evaluated whether the item was very important, kind of important, or not important at all to have at the gym.
For guided practice, I made a chart (it's a free download at my TpT store) for students' Thoughtful Logs that required them to categorize six items and their importance for a camping trip (in a tent with no electricity). The items were: a deck of cards, a sleeping bag, lipstick, an umbrella, a TV remote, and a flashlight. After they categorized each item's importance, students had to explain their thinking in writing.