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.
Today our school community participated in Pink Shirt Day! If you are unfamiliar with the story of Pink Shirt Day, here is a quick video to show what the day is all about:
This story brought up great conversation in our classroom. Some of the comments that were made were things like, "Boys don't usually wear pink but it doesn't mean they are not allowed to," "That shirt made him unique!" "I bet that really hurt his feelings when the bullies did that" and "Wow 50 t-shirts is a lot. That was a nice thing to do!" We further discussed their questiosn and comments to realize that we wear Pink Shirts to take a stand against bullying. We should stand-up against bullies not just today but everyday.
After watching the video and discussing the Big Idea, we decided to make a Pink Shirt Day promise. We made four promises and signed our name around as a contract. These promises came right from the kiddos brains. I am truly touched by their understanding, thoughts and empathy.
For every promise made, we beaded a pink bead onto a pink pipe cleaner. The kiddos picked a special spot (lunch kit of back pack) that they see frequently to remind them of the promises they made. It also serves as an opportunity for our little leaders to teach other's about Pink Shirt Day and anti-bullying when questioned about their beads.
We have been busy learning about friendship and ways that we connect with people in our classroom, school and community! Today during our buddies period, we read the book "In My Heart: A Book of Feelings" by Jo Witek. The book speaks to our heart as home for many different feelings from happy to brave to sad. Each page is a different layer of the heart that is associated with a particular color and emotion. The kiddos listened intently with their buddies as they made connections with the way the heart was portrayed on each page. After the book was done, we discussed how we can make a difference and connect with people who may be feeling mad, sad or shy in our school and community.
Many of the kiddos suggested that writing a note, giving a hug or smiling at someone would help them feel better. I then proposed that we create kindness stones to spread love and kindness for those who may be needing it! The kiddos got busy making the stones by writing a nice thought on one side and a heart on the other. We then gathered up all the stones, put them in a bowl, and left them at the front of the school with a note so anyone can take one to cheer up their day and spread love and kindness. Check out these busy difference makers!!
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” -Jennifer Dukes Lee
On Wednesday, it was the 100th Day of School!! We are officially 100 days smarter. We have been working hard in grade one to be able to count to 100 and back down from 100. Here are some of the math centers we have been exploring to help us with these goals:
100 Licks: At this center, the kiddos write down each lick that they take of a sucker. Their goal is to see how many licks it takes for the entire sucker to disappear!!
100 cups: The kiddos are challenged to work together to create a tower using 100 cups. This is not only working on counting to 100 but it is also working on team work and following a group plan. There are many times throughout the center that the kiddos accidentally knock down the tower and have to start again. It is has been amazing watching their perserverance!
100 chart carpet: The kiddos work together to put numbers 0-100 in order on the carpet! I have seen so many strategies from different groups. Some groups have started from 0 and went on, others have delegated groups of ten to each child and others worked together to place numbers as they picked them up.
Counting by 10s Ice Cream: At this center, the kiddos count the fastest way (that grade ones know) to 100. By tens! They independantly write the 10s on each scoop and then order them in order while glueing them on top of each other.
100 items find: Using a sensory bucket and a I spy sheet, the kiddos count the number of objects they are able to find out of 100 from the bin!
100 gumballs: Using two different colors, the kiddos make lines of 10 in the gumball machine all the way to 100.
It has been an exciting week in grade one with Valentines day and the 100th day of school. Due to the extra activities we had planned this week, we will post pone this weeks word work quiz until next Friday!
Have a safe and family filled long weekend :)