In the beginning of each school year, teachers guide their class in creating a “cluster contract” that outlines guidelines for how the group will interact. Group and partner work are frequently integrated into the first-grade classroom, and classes also engage in conversations about the communities and neighborhoods we live and work in.
Activities that support development:
- The naming of clusters and creation of “cluster contracts”
- Identity study: looking at physical characteristics, culture, ethnicity, family traditions, food, etc.
- Pocket People project