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!!