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 :)
Hot chocolate will be sold at recess on Tuesday, February 12th as a fundraiser for the Culture Ambassador club. Please see note attached for more information!!
We have started writers workshop in grade one!! Mrs. Nichol has been so kind to come into our classroom and share her writing expertise with us. So far, she has taught us that all stories have a beginning, middle and end. She told a fantastic story about her and her dog, Lily, going to the dog park on a cold winters day.
The kiddos were intent while she told her story. After she was finished telling it, they helped her to identify which part of her story was the beginning. She illustrated the scene that they described to her. The kiddos then did the same for the middle and ending. She then demonstrated how to write what was going on in the picture in a short form! The author makes a promise that the words are always, always about the picture!! After she was done telling the story, they were eager to tell their own stories!
So, we introduced them to their very own Writing Folders. They decorated and colored their folders with 4 of their favorite words and pictures! They turned out marvelously.
We then got busy and wrote our own stories. The kiddos did a fabulous job and were eager to share in the authors chair at the end of class. Tonight you will find a worksheet in your child's zippy. Please fill this worksheet out with your child with memories and stories for their lives. This will be put into their writing folder and serve as a tool to help them write their own stories. Stay tuned on Seesaw for the authors sharing their writing!! We have some amazing authors in our class :)