Sunday, July 7, 2013

My Experience with WBT's Power Pix

   I recently realized that I needed to update you all on my experience with using Whole Brain Teaching's Power Pix in my classroom this year.  As you may know, this was the first time I had ever used WBT, having just heard of it about this time last summer.  You can read some of my other blog posts on WBT {HERE}.  Power Pix are picture cards with a word (for example- noun or syllable) illustrated with a picture.  Each word has a question that is asked by the teacher and has a response, along with a gesture, that is given by the students.  For example, the card for the word verb has a little boy running.  The question is "What is a verb?" The students answer, while doing the gesture, "A verb is an action word or state of being!" while pumping their arms like they are running.  Seeing the picture, hearing the question, saying the response, and doing the action is what makes this WHOLE brain teaching!
   My students loved the Power Pix cards.  We would start out with 3-4 every Monday and our goal was to have them mastered an on the wall by that Friday.  We practiced them several times each day.  I gave explicit instructions for each card on how to do the gesture and what the correct response was.  I tried to always pick cards that went along with what we were studying that week.  I bet you're wondering just where you get these cards, aren't you?  No, you do not have to make them yourself!  Someone has already done that for you!  You simply need to download, choose the ones you want, and print.  You can make your own if you want, though.  Say there are some vocabulary words you'd like to teach- make some cards for them!  You know this is a Common Core aligned activity, right? First grade language standards 1.4 and 1.5 cover you!  Download your grade level's math and ELA Power Pix from the WBT website, under the tab "Free Ebooks".  Before access these downloads, you'll have to create a free account.  You can see my Power Pix wall below.

1st Grade Power Pix Wall
   Do you use Whole Brain Teaching in your classroom?  Are you thinking about implementing it this year?  Share your thoughts, questions, or concerns in the comments below!

11 comments:

  1. This looks like a lot of fun! I love to incorporate movement into my lessons anytime I can. I'm going to give this a try! Thanks for the idea.
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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    1. It is fun! I encourage you to try it! Feel free to email me with any questions!

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  2. I used the Power Pix for the first time in first grade this year also! Really love them. Need to set up a bigger space for them for the new school year!

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    1. I didn't start until later in the year, so I don't have as many. I really wish I had started earlier!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your experiences Dana! I have yet to try the Power Pix wall so it is helpful to see other people's thoughts and experiences.

    I am actually hosting a giveaway on my blog right now to celebrate reaching 300 Followers and one of the prizes is a WBT Super Improvers Wall kit. Head over and check it out :)

    Miss L
    Miss L’s Whole Brain Teaching

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    1. Awesome! I will have to come check it out!

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  4. I can't seem to find the first grade power pix? where did you get them?

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    1. Go to the WBT website (www.powerteachers.net) and create a free log in. Then click on free e-books, go to general and then the 2nd page. You will find grades k-3 there!

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  5. Love your PowerPix wall! I have been updating the WBT PowerPix with the Common Core standards and would love to know your thoughts :) http://transitionalkinder.blogspot.com/2013/07/wbt-powerpix-with-common-core-standards.html

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