Mystery bags help students form friendships

dsc00515Grade 1 is well under way with their first Unit of Inquiry -Who We Are.  Our Central Idea is: getting to know ourselves and others helps us to form friendships.  One of the Lines of Inquiry is: Who I Am – my physical, social and emotional characteristics.  To start the Unit off the children were asked to bring in mystery bags with 4 or 5 items that represented something about themselves.  We then picked bags, poured out the mystery objects, and began guessing what the items represented.  After exploring each mystery bag we tried to guess whose bag we thought it was.  The owner of the bag then had the opportunity to reveal why they put those items in the bag.  It was a fascinating experience as the children learned about one another.