First Grade is buddied up with the 5th graders and our focus this month is on the core virtue of courage. We have had some great conversations about what courage is and how it plays into our everyday life. The kids worked on a Google Slides presentation with their buddies that explained what courage meant to them. They were encouraged to use images, stories and examples. This is a great activity to build relationships with their buddies while given some creative freedom to express their learning in their own way. We are almost finished and I will send them along to you as soon as they are all completed. The kids had a great time and it was amazing to see how they explained their views of what courage was!
In reading and writing we have been continuing our exploration of non-fiction. An important piece of learning is remembering to give kids an authentic audience from which they can gain feedback and knowledge. We do this in writing with partner work as well as guests and teachers. In reading, we spent time in the second grade classroom this week showing off our non-fiction expertise. The kids were tasked with sharing their reading and comprehension skills by teaching the second graders how to read non fiction. We practiced stopping to ask questions of our audience, as well as how to gain information that is not in the text by noticing and observing the pictures. The kids were so jazzed when we left and gained a new perspective for reading aloud. I loved hearing the rich conversations that were buzzing in the classroom.
Playing with clay and learning about Ancient Greece, gives our 1st grade artists an opportunity to create food vessels in the style of Greek Fish Plates. Creating the fish plates, involves not only learning a bit about Greek pottery and how to draw fish, but also how to handle the clay as an artist’s medium, how to “slip and score” so the clay attaches to itself, and the process of creating, waiting for the firing process, and then adding the glaze and firing the pieces again. This project connects art with their classroom unit, and the student’s love for working with clay makes it a favorite.