After weeks of rehearsal it was time for the big show! On Wednesday, December 12 the Elementary School invited families to view our H20-themed December Concert. Grade 1 did an EXCEPTIONAL job of performing their Dragon/H20 song. What a great success!
For the investigation portion of our unit of inquiry we dug a little deeper into the changes food products go through. We brought in food containers from home and learned how to scan, skim, and read labels to find important information like ingredients, cooking instructions, and where the food was grown or processed. We represented our findings by attaching the containers to a world map and comparing the countries our food comes from with bar graphs. We used an online programme called Popplet to demonstrate our understanding of what food products can be produced from plants and animals like wheat and cows. Finally we worked in small groups to address our remaining "seeds of thought". These included questions like: What is the difference between corn and wheat? Do different fruits and vegetables come from different trees? How do we get rice from those green fields? Children did an exceptional job of communicating and collaborating in small groups using books, the internet and each other to create flow charts which answered their questions.
We have been studying how to represent food processing and distribution using flow charts. To practice this new skill we started by reading the story Sticky Jam: The Story of Sugar. After orally retelling the story, we sequenced the story as a whole class using pages from the book. We then worked independently to retell the story using flow charts, being sure to separate each event using arrows.
For many of us the story also filled in a gap in our knowledge. It helped us to understand how transportation is a part of food distribution. We now understand that trucks, boats, planes, and trains can all be a part of food getting to us.
We're becoming more and more confident about writing, saying, and sequencing the numbers to 100. To give ourselves a challenge we decided to head out into the hall and make number lines. We worked in groups of three and started at 0, using the hundreds chart for support when we needed it. All groups made it to 100 and one group even made it to 161!
A couple of weeks ago, children were asked to bring in a picture of their favourite food for Showtime. As the presentations continued throughout the week, we started to make some connections:
These observations led us to the discovery of our second line of inquiry: Culture and location influence food choices. Way to go 1AC for being such strong thinkers. This discovery was a big accomplishment!
On Wednesday, November 28 Grade 1 visited Oh' Farms on Bah Soon Pah Road. We learned all about hydroponics and the growth of edible plants. The visit supported our inquiry into what processes foods go through before reaching grocery stores. We were also lucky enough to visit the Oh' Farms Butterfly Lodge.
Some of the things we learned: