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 :)
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 :)
Today is 'Bell Lets Talk," day which is a day dedicated to raising awareness for mental health. We were lucky enough to have a couple grade 8 students come in to teach us about mental health and what that all entails. They showed us a video, gave us a speech and gave us cookies to put a smile on our face!
After the presentation, we spoke about mental health is something that we should take care not just one day of the year, but everyday! We brainstormed ways that we take care of ourselves when we feel mad, sad, frustrated or anxious. Here is what we came up with:
Then we decided to try meditating with the focus of belly breathing by using stuffies as a visual! Each kiddo got to pick a stuffy and a spot in the classroom where they felt comfortable, while I guided them in a short meditation.
After we slowly woke up from the mediation, we discussed how it made us feel. Some kids told us they felt nothing different, others said they felt calm, peaceful and sleepy afterwards. Collectively we agreed that it helped our bodies and minds slow down after being coped up inside all day with this cold weather!! Stay warm friends and keep the conversation going :)