This week we have been reading more poems and discussing what the term imagery means and mental pictures! We have been exploring the senses and feelings we have when reading and listening to a poem! We made an outline again yesterday using our senses, and today we started to draft some poems! Check back later this week to look at some of our work!
GCS Annual Pasta Supper
Today's weekly visit from Brownie and Mrs. Lutz, we reviewed how to listen playing a game called "River & The Bank"!
Reviewed "I feel" statements when we have certain feelings in the classroom- like when we feel uncomfortable, sad, upset, and disappointed.
We described how our bodies feel when we have certain feelings. We worked on the different feelings we feel. We talked about how our heart beats fast when we feel excited, when we feel frustrated our muscles tighten, and when we feel sad our heart beats slowly.
One highlight of our week back from break was a unit all about Earth day and Mother nature. The students read many books about their environment during Reader's’ Workshop. They explored topics about different types of pollution, conservation, and recycling, which they provided their opinions about during Writer’s Workshop. On Wednesday, the students participated in an hands-on experiment about water pollution after learning about how water pollution affects not only the water, but the eco-system.
The lesson begun by grabbing buckets of clean water, vegetable oil (to stand for toxic oil spills), and dirt to represent household trash, and spoons (to scoop the “waste”). The kids took turns adding trash to the water. They tried to remove all of the pollution using their tools. After some time of trying to remove all of the pollutants, they were left with a pile of trash and water that was still oily and dirty. The conclusion they determined was it is impossible to remove all of the pollutants from the water. They stated, “ ‘Yes, it is true that there is no way to undo pollution’, the ‘damage is done’, ‘As technology develops, scientists can learn more about how to clean dirty water’, ‘We all can help prevent water pollution we have laws that cover pollution by industry.’” This multi-faceted lesson instilled their minds with the importance of caring for the environment, not only on Earth Day, but each day. They have become more observant with the world around them and have been continuing to conduct further research to their “I wonder” questions.
For our Mother Earth by...
-Recycling, reducing, and reusing!
- pick up any trash we see and put in garbage
- not being wasteful
- reusing items to make something new and interesting
- we can be the change by working together to clean our playgrounds and yards!
- all of these things will help our world be a better place!
Wow what a fun and exciting Tuesday afternoon we had. Right after lunch we took a brisk walk to the Old Town Hall to learn a little of the history the hall captures, as well as it's big 120th year of operation! We learned about performing, parts of a theater stage, and even took part in a fun game on stage directions! We had our very own live performance singing the song "Lavender's Blue" a last minute morning change from what we had planned- but we went with the flow and persevered by learning it and following through with the growth mindset of "we can do it if we just try and take a risk!" And wow we all felt so proud of our individual efforts! After our big afternoon, we adventured back to GCS and wrote all about our experience with TableTop Twitter! We recorded our new learning, drew pictures of the stage, and responded to our friends "tweets"! Take a look!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.