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.