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Last week we finished up our units on fire safety and community helpers.  We made flip books to illustrate what kind of community helpers we can be and then we wrote what we want to be when we grow up.  Students practiced adding details to their pictures by using community helpers cut out as a basis for our pictures.

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This week we’ve been talking about helpers in our community and the tools they use to do their job.  We watched the Community Helpers video on Brain Pop Jr.  Then we picked different community helpers and sorted their tools.

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We also read the story Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann and students retold the story during free choice centers with paper bag puppets that we made.

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We finished up with fire safety week with a variety of different activities.  We learned about the different tools and items that fire fighters use by reading the book Firehouse Dog and then they learned about how to use labels by labeling different fire fighter items.  We also made and read fire a safety words book.

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For writing we discussed the things we’ve learned about fire safety and made a list.  With the list we then wrote about about one thing we could do to stay safe in case of a fire.

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The month of October is fire safety month so we have been learning what to do if there is ever a fire, as well things that we shouldn’t play with.  We started on Monday with fire safety related literacy & math centers from Having Fun in Primary.  There were also a few centers from Home School Creations.

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We discussed how there are things that are not safe for kids to touch or play with, we then sorted pictures into two categories ‘safe to touch‘ and ‘not safe to touch‘.  During free choice centers students got to sort the pictures on their own, working with a partner.

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Finally today we read the story Stop Drop and Roll by Margery Cuyler and made a firetruck craft courtesy of Miss-Kindergarten.

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This Friday marked the official end to our unit on Community helpers.  To celebrate all that we’ve learned and to help the students gain awareness of what is out there, we invited family members to come in and talk about the jobs that they’ve had or currently are at.

Before the visitors showed up, we came up with a list of questions that the class could ask the visitors.  We thought up of questions based on Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.  Then students picked their favorite job and thought of a question they could ask a person with that job.

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Our visitors came and our students had a lot of great questions including ones that weren’t even on our list.  We had a former nurse, two teachers, a grocery store manager, and someone that goes crabbing.  Students had a great time learning about their jobs and then our visitors stayed with students and read to them during free choice centers.

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Sorry for the long absence in updates it has been quite a busy month with Spring Break and basketball tournaments!

Our class has been learning about places in our community and jobs in our community; and around the world!  We went on a class trip to talk to members of Shaktoolik, and created a whole Shaktoolik map of the places that the students felt were important.  We have been reading books about community helpers and their tools.  We have also been doing literacy centers with a community helper twist!


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We are now learning about communities in our K-1 All-Star Class and this week we started with learning about communities that we live in.  We read several stories about City vs. Country including the book, “Country Kid, City Kid”. 

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We then watched a Sesame Street video about a city kid going to visit his friend in the country.  We learned even more about the differences about the city and the country.

 

We took the details we learned in the story about both the city and the country and we put them into a venn diagram.  Then we used the data we put in the venn diagram to decide whether we would prefer living in the country or the city.  For our writing we made TLC art and wrote a persuasive piece on why we prefer either the city or the country.

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For centers students explored different types of communities in the city or country.

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