We went all around the world in just 2 days this week! From Brazil to The Netherlands, we expereienced the many gifts and treasures that make our world and the Riverheights community so great. The amount of work and effort that went into each pavillion was truly astonishing.
Check out the pictures below to see a sneak peak of the past few days:
Opening Ceramonies: Mrs. Hunter hosted an array of dancers who expressed their traditional dance and music. We were so lucky to have both RH talent, as well as professional Irish dancers perform for us. After a short break, we begin our tour around the school. First Stop, Canada!
Here we learned about everything that makes us Canadian. From maple syrup, to hockey and re-building the CN Tower with marshmellows and tooth picks, we enjoyed our trip! Next we headed over to South Africa:
What a treat it was to learn about the landscape, traditions and animals who live in South Africa. One student held a live demonstration on diamond mining! Our next destination: Greece!
We toured the streets of Greece, viewing beautiful artifacts that are all original to the country. We enjoyed an informative presentation on Greek Mythology and other facts about Greece. Before taking flight, once again, the kiddos snacked on some Galaktoboureko. Off to Brazil we go!
In Brazil, our grade one kiddos took some serious note on how to rock Brazil from our Big Buddies class! We watched the Gr. 3s awesome slide show and were taught the Samba. Home made brigadeiro was the fuel to our dance party!! Next stop: The Netherlands.
The grade 2s put on a fantastic pavillion with lots to look at and do! The kiddos tried their artistic hand at the Starry Night, walked through a tulip garden and played the hilarious game of "Spijkerpoepen!"
Check out the slideshow below to see the rest of Cultural Day! We visited many more pavillions such as: The Phillipes, Nepal and India. The show will also include photos of our grade one's doing a wonderful job of hosting Brazil to over 10 groups!
Riverheights Cultural Day is next week already! In preparation, we have begun wondering about the people, land and food that make up the beautiful country of Brazil. Yesterday we dove head first into this exploration by looking at photos on the internet. Famous landmarks, people and festivals were among the many bold and vibrant photos that we discovered.
Today the kiddos were surprised to enter a classroom that was filled with artifacts that resembled and symbolized those of Brazil. This brought great wonder and discussion as the kiddos navigated the room. Luckily we have a special friend in our classroom who moved from Brazil this school year! He has been a great help in answering our questions. He has even taught us a few words in Portegeuse!!
Football Center: Brazil is known for its strong love of "football" or as we know it- soccer
(This was a popular fact among the kids today!). At this center, partners can challenge each other to a game of tilt football by trying to see how many times they can control the ball back and forth before the timer runs out!
Golden Rice Sensory Box: This sensory box is filled with "gold" and white rice. Both rice and gold can be commonly found in Brazil. Rice can be found as a side in some Brazilian dishes and Brazil's gold rush created the world's longest gold rush period and larfest gold mines in South America at one point in time! Added to this sensory box is measuring cups and a bowl for some added measurement exploration.
Coffee Transfering Center: Brazilian coffee production is responsible for about a third of all coffee- which makes Brazil one of the world's largest producers in the world! At this center, the kiddos engage with ground coffee with a fine motor task to transfer the coffee from one bowl to anther.
Carnival Hats: A Brazilian celebration called Carnival is held annually and begins thee Friday before Ash Wednesday. It is one of the most famous Brazilian holidays that holds days of dancing, costume and singing. At this center, the kiddos engage with feathers, a material that is commonly found on Brazilian costume during carnival and can explore moking hats!
Carnival Jewlery: Right beside the hat center, we have the carnival jewlery center where the kiddo can explore making brightly colored carnival jewlery! We have discussed that people in Brazil do not wear these beautiful outfits everyday but rather just important and special festivals such as Carnival!
Flags with Loose Parts: We have been learning all about Brazil's flag and the meaning behind it. Here the kiddos are invited to replicate the flag using loose parts that consist of marker lids, gems and other parts.The green on Brazil's is symbolic of thier lush fields and forests. The yellow diamond symbolizes Brazil's wealth in gold and in its center the blue globe respresents the starry skies. Currently there are 27 stars that represent their 27 states.
Art Center: Our art center is feature Brazilian artist Romero Britto. He is a pop artist who uses bold, vibrant and happy colors to reflect his postitive outlook on life. On his website, it states that he is a self-taught artist who created art on anything that he could find as a child, including cardboard boxes and newspaper. Here the kiddos are invited to create thier own art using cardboard boxes, paint and sharpies. I cant wait to see their creations!
On Thursday May 9th the Cultural Ambassadors are having an Ice Cream Sundae Sale at lunch time. The cost of each Ice Cream Sundae is $2.00. The proceeds of the sale will go towards the Riverheights Cultural Days; which are happening on May 21st and 22nd.
Thank you for your support!
On that note, our class, along with Mrs. Conroy's Grade 3 class, will be hosting BRAZIL for Riverheights Cultural Days on May 21 and 22!
We are looking for decorations so we can transform our classroom into a Brazilian carnival!
Such items can include: brightly colored flowers, plants, “fake” palm trees, beach towels, colorful umbrellas, feathers, yellow/blue/green streamers and tablecloths, and anything else you can think of! You can google “Brazilian theme party” to get an idea of what we’re looking for!
Please send anything you may have to school by Wed. May 15th so we can begin decorating!
I will send all items back home after Cultural Day is over unless you let me know you don’t need it back.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks so much,
Happy Earth Day Everyone!!
For the past week, here in grade one, we have been learning about all the ways that we can take care of the Earth. The kiddos had many wonderful ways they came up with from their own brains! Check it out:
We thoroughly discussed that everyday is Earth Day, not just one day of the year. It is important that we take care of the planet we call home in order to keep it clean, tidy and healthy. Just like our bodies!!
With that, we began an art project that served as a promise to help keep the Earth happy and healthy. First we colored coffee filters with green and blue markers, then sprayed it with water so the colors run together!
Next we wrote promises to the Earth. These promises were small things that us, little people, can do to save and change the world. We then assembled our art project by cutting pictures of us out and gluing them together.
We have some wonderful and very thoughtful young people in our class. With their positive attitudes and empathetic nature, I believe they will change the world!!
The grade one's have been learning about all the ways to keep our bodies happy and healthy! Today we explored Canada's New Food Guide and learned that in order to do all the fun things we love doing, such as running, jumping, playing with friends and participating in phys-ed, we need to keep our body fueled with a balanced diet.
The kiddos identifiied with the metaphor that our bodies are like a car. In order for a car to take people from place to place, it needs gas. When the car runs our of gas, it does not want to move and someone needs to fill it back up! Just like a vehicle, our bodies need fuel to grow and have energy to do the things we love.
To further understand healthy eating, we dove into exploring the good groups- Fruits and Vegtables, Protein and Whole Grain Products. Each kiddo was given a food (printed on paper) and we went around discussing where it belonged and why- judging by how it is made.
We also discussed one more food group- "Sweets and Treats." These are sometimes foods that are okay to have once or twice a week. This type of food sucks up your energy and can make you feel ill.
Look at all those happy and healthy bodies!! The kiddos were proud of their new knowledge and were set free to practice this sorting skill on their own in their healthy bodies booklet.
I encourage everyone to sit down with their kiddo this week and explore the Canada Food Guide further. There are some great tips and tricks about healthy eating and having a healthy relationship with food in the website button below. One of these ways is eating together as a family and making healthy snacks that taste great. Check it out!!
In math, we have been learning about 2D shapes! The kiddos have been working towards a couple of goals:
1) I can describe 2D shapes by identifying the name and how many sides and corners.
2) I can sort 2D shapes by a specific characteristic.
3) I can idenifty 2D shapes in my environment.
Check out some of the centers that the kiddos have been working on to develop these skills!
1. Sorting 2D shapes: At this center, the kiddos pick a sorting rule and then sort the shapes according to their choice. Once they are done, they can find objects around the classroom that fit their sorting rule and add it to their mats. Stay tuned on Seesaw to see your child upload and explain their sorting rules.
2. Math Mountain Board Game: This game helps the kiddos to recall and use their friends to 10 mental math skill. Each student takes a turn rolling the dice and moving that amount of spaces. Each space has a math question they must answer using their mental math strategies. First person to cross off all their friends of 10 in their number bank, wins!
3. 2D Shape Creations: At this center, the kiddos use various amounts of shapes to create whatever they want! I have seen some creative friends make a city, a self-portriat, a fox and a vehicle. Once they are done, they count how many of each shape they used in their picture.
4. Creating 2D Shapes with Loose Parts: At this center, the kiddos are given an endless amount of loose parts (tooth picks, styrofoam balls, wiki stix, popsicle sticks, buttons etc) to replicate 2D shapes. After they are finished creating the shape, they must identify how many sides are corners the shape has using the wooden numbers.
5. 2D shape sort: At this center the kiddos cut out all the given shapes and sort them according to how many sides the shape has. Once they are done sorting the given shapes, they are given flyers to find everyday objects that work with the sorting rules!
This week in Grade One, we have started reading our very first novel "Flat Stanley" by Jeff Brown! Stanley was a regular guy, until one night while he was asleep, a bulletin board that was hanging above his bed, fell down and flattened him. Stanley was unphased and in fact only woke up to his brother's shreik, as he awoke to the flattened scene. His parents took him to the doctor to ensure he was okay. Dr. Dan let him know that he was fine but would need to make some lifestyle changes as his body transformed from 3D to 2D- Hence earning the name, Flat Stanely.
We are sure excited to embark on our Flat Stanley adventure and read more about what his transformation has to offer. The kiddos practiced a reading response today called story mapping. We summerized the chapter into a few sentences and drew a picture that best respresented what we read today. Here are some pictures of the kiddos hard at work:
The kiddos were so excited about Flat Stanley that we decided to make him into an art project! We followed a guided drawing lead by myself, outlined the drawing with sharpie and then used watercolor paints to fill him in. Stay tuned this week as these paintings come to life!!
Just a reminder that we are going on a field trip this Friday, April 5th, to see Mecca Productions perform Flat Stanley. We will be back before regular home time. Have a great week!!
In science, we have been learning about characteristics of living things! Yesterday we learned that all living things 1) experience growth 2) need water to survive 3) need foor to survive and 4) need air to survive. The kiddos put their new found knowledge to test by sorting living and non-living things in their science research notebooks!
Today we were lucky enough to have a special guest join us. Her name is Teresa Vallotton and she is a grain farmer near Brandon, Manitoba. She shared stories from her farming experience and helped us to understand that food helps us and other living things to grow.
Here we are pretending to be sunflowers, following the direction of the sun! Teresa and her family, farm cereal and oil grains, including sunflowers.
She read and gifted us a wonderful story called "How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?" by Chris Butterworth. It explained where all the common food we eat, comes from, how it is developed and made from farm to plate. The kiddos had a fantastic time exploring the book during book look today.
Next we were put in groups to create sandwhiches! Each group worked on a group plan to create a sandwhich and discuss where each ingrediant came from. Teresa scaffold their learning by having the group present their sandwhich to the class. The funkiest sandwhich went to a group that put jam, ham, bacon, pickles and bread on theirs!!
The kiddos really engaged with this activity as they were able to identify many foods that they eat everyday! Many kids were surprised to find out that meat came from animals and that bread was made from grain that farmers work so hard to make.
Teresa then shared her grain expertise with us. She showed us 5 different types of grain that came from her farm!!! She even let the kiddos touch and experience each grain by putting their hand into each bucket. The conversation between the kids as they felt each seed was inspiring.
We thank Teresa from the bottom of our hearts for coming out and showing us all the hard work that goes into each bite of food we take. The kiddos sure learned a lot about nourishing our growing bodies.
Grade One land reached an all-time high for excitement this morning when we were greeted with a strange purple creature on the wall. Many of the kids guessed what on Earth it could be!!
Shortly upon arrival, the kiddos and I headed down to the library to meet with our other grade one friends! Mrs. Vogel read us a fantastic book called "My Very Own Octopus" by Bernard Most to help us figure out we would be starting a new project all about characteristics of living things that live under the sea. The reading sparked our imaginations as the author told a story about a cooking, cleaning and playful octopus. It made me want one for the classroom (to clean-up after explore time!!) Mrs. Forster then taught us a superong about a silly, slippery fish that was eaten up (gulp, gulp!).
After the song was over, we finally figured out what the giant purple creature could possibly be outside of our grade one rooms! It was an octopus BUT it was missing a few things- Its 8 tentacles!! I then presented to the kiddos that we would be working on a giant group plan together in our rooms to make these legs. We followed an AB pattern and created chains of 100!! Check out our friends working together to create the legs.
Our hardwork sure paid off. Check out the video on Seesaw of our of Giant Octopus that stretches into each grade one room. Tomorrow's challenge- to pick a name!! Stay tuned.