School's out for summer, but wherever you are in the world you're surely still thinking and learning! Our friend Mrs. Frazier in Ohio has had another great idea and once again has kindly invited Grade 1AC to participate. Throughout the holiday, you can visit Mrs. Frazier's Grade 1 class blog for a "Weekly Wonder". Feel free to leave your answers, ideas, and wonders of your own. Have fun!
I know I'll be busy catching up on some reading this summer and I hope you will be too! To help you guide your reading choices, Mrs. Burden, our literacy specialist, has gathered a list of titles she recommends checking out.
Click here to go to her blog post all about summer reading and visit the links to get some recommendations.
You can also open this file, where Mrs. Burden has made a list of some favourite books for our age level:
Thanks Mrs. Burden! Happy reading to everyone!
In our last week of school, we did a lot of reflecting on our year in Grade 1. On of the activities was an individual portfolio reflection. Here are some of our thoughts after viewing our work:
This week we visited the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to celebrate our wonderful year together. As we walked through the park to get to our picnic spot, the students were able to make many great connections to our 'Where we are in place and time unit'. They observed and commented on how all sorts of different people were using and the park, and in different ways! We saw people jogging, doing yoga and stretches, walking their dogs, playing on playgrounds, working to clean the ponds, doing team activities as school groups, and even filming a movie!
We finally met our parents at the picnic spot after a very long (and accidental!) walk. We were so happy to share this exciting morning with them. We played on the adventure playground, ate delicious food, reflected on our year, and share holiday plans and stories. It was a beautiful way to celebrate our great year. We hope you had fun!!
Have you ever read the book The Little House? It's an absolutely beautiful story about the changes that a house and community go through from day to night, season to season, and eventually over years and years of time.
We used the CHANGE and CAUSATION concept keys to unlock our thinking and discuss some of the changes we observed in the story and what may have been the reasons for them:
We also learned how to show change over time by making a timeline:
We enjoyed this activity so much that we then created our own individual timelines about our community using our imaginations about what it may have been like in the past and might be like in the future. We used these individual timelines as ideas for story writing.