The last few weeks we have been busy! We have been getting out and about with two field trips! One to the Family Kitchen where the kids had the opportunity to help brighten someone’s day by decorating placemats for Tuesday’s lunch service. They also made colorful cards that were put in sack lunches for homeless Veterans. Service learning is something that I feel is so important! Not only does it give the kids a sense of a world outside their own, but it helps create empathy for those that are less fortunate or different than what they are used to. The kids were able to learn about the types of families that visit the family kitchen and the types of services that the kitchen offers. It was a great and meaningful trip. I look forward to continuing to partner with Family Kitchen in 2017 to provide colorful place mats, cards, and student-made decorations throughout the year.
We ventured out to the High Desert Museum where the kids learned all about the states of matter and how a catalysis is needed in order to increase the rate of changing matter. We did experiments, made ice cream and played with Gak and Oobleck to bring the states of matter to life!
We had an exciting week in reading where we focused on having reading discussions and how to share what we read with others. We had a “reading walk about” where we shared our love of non-fiction. We also worked on retelling and how to decide what’s important when sharing information about books. It was great to see the kids set new reading goals this week and learn more about what goals students had and what their plan was to reach them. I love having the first graders involved in goal setting and I know this helps them be more active in the learning process.
I can’t believe it’s already December and a new year is just around the corner. In November, First Graders explored texture in Art. What is visual texture? How do artists create it and how does it affect the way we look at a painting? We finished November off with some fun with clay, talking about the art element, form, and how clay is a medium which works well with sculpture. We will finish this year off with some seasonal art. In January, we will begin a unit on portraits, create some art connected with the class unit on Greece, and learn about and create a class mural. In the middle of all this, we will begin working on a collaborative piece for the annual school celebration/auction. If you are interested in helping with this particular project I would be most grateful! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Grade meets from 1:45-2:35 on Tuesday and Thursday. We’d all love to have you stop in anytime. Happy Holidays!