Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Find the Fib…First Day Activity (UPDATED)

By on September 5, 2008

I learned a version of this activity from Erick Gordon this summer at the UCI institute. Basically, it’s a get-to-know activity where the students get to learn a little about me and then learn a little about each other. It also becomes a very easy springboard for teaching Narrative and Memoir.

First I shared a list of 11 statements about myself. Embedded in the list is one fib. The kids read the statements out loud and then I have kids volunteer guesses as to which is the fib. They also have to justify why they feel it’s the fib.

With each one they chose that is an actual fact, I do a quick one-minute oral narrative about that fact that makes them wanting more. When they hit the fib, well, then I do a little soapbox number.

Here was my list:

1. My father is the 1969 World Champion Jeopardy player.

2. I was kicked out of Brownies in 4th grade.

3. When I was a child, I was a model on The Price is Right.

4. When I was 14 I went to Greece and dropped my coolest pair of sunglasses into a well of frogs.

5. My dad created Capt. Jack Sparrow.

6. When I studied at Oxford University in England, I ended up having an emergency appendectomy.

7. My husband and I met in 2nd grade.

8. I am a certified OpenWater II scuba diver who goes diving with her mom.

9. When I was in school, I was a straight A student.

10. I once worked at a guest ranch, working in the stables, leading the kiddie rides across the Arizona desert.

11. One weekend, I was so bored that I went skydiving just to do something new.

Can you guess the fib? Answer: # 9. Yes, it’s true. I was NOT a straight A student. In fact, I didn’t find a joy in learning or in school until the occasional high school class or college class when I could actual point to classes I was actually interested in.

In other words, I not only didn’t have a passion in or for school, but I also remember what I didn’t like or understand. As a teacher, my recollections add to my ability to reach out to a diversity of learners. As a teacher, my willingness to share myself, my strengths, and my foibles adds to my ability to reach them as well.

Then I had the kids develop 4 truths and a fib.  They partnered up and tried to guess each other’s fibs, giving little verbal narratives about each truth.  Afterwards, their partners had to circle the story they would like to hear more about.  We did a real quick review of sensory details and I modeled creating a bulleted list of details from one of the truths.  The one I modeled was # 11.  So here’s what I wrote:

*a free-fall out of a plane feels like you’re lying on a table.  That’s how much pressure there is on your body.

*the plan ride up was so loud, we couldn’t hear each other yell our words across the aisle.

*When you jump, the only real idea of speed you have is the fact that the plane is getting smaller so quickly.  When you level out, your hands flap, but the horizon stays the same for a long time.  Otherwise, it’s almost like a loud hovering.

*when you pull the cord to let out the parachute, you get an intense wedgie.

*my feet fell asleep which drifting down to the ground

*my mouth was open during free-fall so when I landed, my teeth felt like they were wearing socks.  They were that grimy.

Then the kids created their own bulleted list of sensory details.  It began a potential narrative, should they chose to return to this concrete description brainstorm.

Share yourself, your experiences, and the themes of your life. You are the supplemental material. Share yourself and your students will learn more.

Hope your first day went as well as my own.

Share Button
  1. read more - read more Save now a high quality wireless pa system for schools that's this week available and in stock…
  2. pet friendly homes for rent - pet friendly homes for rent Get today a great professional relocation services that is available and now in stock…
  3. when to get an attorney for a car accident - when to get an attorney for a car accident Get today a great law offices omaha that is available…
  4. outdoor clocks for hospitals - outdoor clocks for hospitals Buy now the top wireless public address system that's this week available and now in…
  5. PA systems for schools - PA systems for schools Buy now a high quality wireless clock system that is this week available and in…
  6. here are the findings - here are the findings Get today a best realtor london that's available and in stock and reasonably priced for…
  7. car accident lawyer omaha ne - car accident lawyer omaha ne See Here the top professional accident attorney omaha currently in the office now!
  8. how to make a chat bot - how to make a chat bot Find the new technology chat robot service now available additionally reasonably priced now!
  9. clock Hands Repair - clock Hands Repair Purchase today best available clock kit that's available and available today and are at the best…
  10. visit website here - visit website here Buy today the top quality replacement parts for battery operated clocks currently available and available today…
  11. customer support chatbot - customer support chatbot Learn the best marketing with a chatbot service now available additionally at amazong prices now!
  12. clock inserts suppliers - clock inserts suppliers Buy today best available wholesale clock parts currently available and available today and plus on sale…
  13. clock dials - clock dials Get today the top quality clock making kit that is available and available today and plus at…
  14. Clock kits and dials - Clock kits and dials Get today best available diy clock kit currently available and in stock today and plus…
  15. More about the author - More about the author Get started now from the best rated link popularity now available in addition reasonably priced…
  16. advanced chatbot - advanced chatbot Find the best chatbot marketing platform now available plus on megasale now!
  17. chatbot company - chatbot company Learn the new technology chatbots marketing agency service now available plus on megasale now!
  18. how to build your own clock - how to build your own clock Purchase today best available clock mechanism kit that are available and available today…
  19. parts for clocks - parts for clocks Buy today the highest quality wholesale clock movements that are available and in stock today and…
  20. news - news Get started now from the most professional online business marketing that are available and guaranteed to produce results…
  21. clock manufacture - clock manufacture Get today best available where to buy quartz clock movements that is available and in stock today…
  22. symantic web - symantic web Get going now with the best rated video Marketing that will be available in addition provides a…
  23. Clock making parts - Clock making parts Purchase today the top quality clock movement kit that's available and available today and are at…
  24. visit website here - visit website here Contact us now for top quality metal building contractors currently available for construction projects and ready…
  25. clock Hands Repair - clock Hands Repair Get today best available Clock kit suppliers that is available and in stock today and plus…
  26. prefab steel buildings - prefab steel buildings Get in contract here for licensed and bonded steel building erector that's available for construction projects…
  27. chatbot - chatbot Learn the best chatbots and marketing platform now available and reasonably priced now!
  28. best hands for clocks - best hands for clocks Buy today the top quality clock hands that is available and in stock today and…
  29. design steel buildings - design steel buildings Contract us here for licensed and bonded tenant improvement contractor that's available for construction projects and…
  30. builder - builder Contract us here for professional metal church buildings contractor that's available for construction projects and ready to do…
  31. clock movement - clock movement Buy today best available Clock kit suppliers currently available and in stock today and are at the…
  32. social media marketing - social media marketing Get going now with the best Marketing agency now available and guaranteed to produce results today!
  33. clock mechanisms - clock mechanisms Purchase today the highest quality clock parts that's available and available today and are at the best…
  34. search engine optimizer - search engine optimizer Get started now from the best rated youtube marketing that will be available in addition provides…
  35. click Here - click Here Contact us now for professional large building contractors that are available for construction projects and ready to…
  36. Omaha SEO agency - Omaha SEO agency Get started today with the most professional link popularity now available and reasonably priced today!
  37. clock motor suppliers - clock motor suppliers Purchase today best available replacement quartz clock movements that's available and available today and plus reasonably…
  38. large clock hands - large clock hands Buy today the top quality clock kits that is available and available today and plus at…
  39. bozeman seo company - bozeman seo company Contract professional seo companies that is available plus taking on new clients for today!
  40. clock mechanisms - clock mechanisms Buy today the top quality clock building kit currently available and in stock today and are at…
  41. seo kalispell - seo kalispell Get the best local seo boseman now available plus a great value today!
  42. joes dj bozeman mt - joes dj bozeman mt Get the best master djs bozeman that is available and have a great time today!
  43. Omaha SEO company - Omaha SEO company Get going now with the best rated search ranking consultant that will be available in addition…
  44. church building construction - church building construction Contract us here for licensed and bonded Steel Buildings that's available for construction projects and ready…
  45. see this page - see this page Contract professional local seo companies that is available plus for a great ROI today!
  46. time movement hands - time movement hands Buy today best available clock movements that's available and available today and plus on sale today…