During our shared reading, we shared texts that allowed us
to examine conflicts that were happening in the stories we
read. During one read-aloud session in Mrs. Dastur’s class,
the students began thinking about conflicts and sorting
them by their size, noting that some problems were small
enough for students to solve, while other problems
probably needed to be solved by adults.
Next, it was time for students to uncover the conflicts that they had captured. Armed with clipboards,
graph paper and pencils, our students went on location to find out what was really happening.
First graders observed their peers playing on the playground, eating in the cafeteria, and walking up and
down the stairways. With those observations in hand, students gathered and described their findings
using their graphs, and post it notes. In Ms. Forgie’s class, students sorted problems into location and
began to describe what they were noticing about the conflicts in those locations.
Capturing a discussion on problems and
conflicts during a class read-aloud session
Gathering data to uncover problems and conflicts affecting