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As one of our last units in K-1 this year we have been studying the differences between the city and the country.  We read “City Kid, Country Kid” an informative text as well as “Town Mouse, Country Mouse”.  We filled out a venn diagram filling out text to text comparisons between the two stories.

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Then we wrote a persuasive piece about why which is better, the city or the country.  We also created an art piece depicting which place we believed is better.

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We also made character comparisons between the Country mouse and city mouse and wrote about how their life was different from their friends’ life.

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Last week we finished up our unit on Our Community and Communities around the world.  Mr. Daniel’s dad is a retired police officer and he decided to share his job with the class.  Since it is expensive and difficult for him to fly from Houston all the way out to our isolated village, we had him Skype with the whole class!

Mr. Mike (as our class called him) showed us his uniform and all the things he used to use while on the job.  He also showed his revolver and explained to us about gun safety.  The K-1 All-Stars got to interview Mr. Mike and we completed our KWL chart about Police Officers and Mr. Mike.

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As we move along with our community helpers unit we learned about firefighters and watched a Mr. Rogers Neighborhood video that showed us about firefighters.  We also learned that not only do firefighters help put out fires, we also learned that they teach us about fire safety.  We then read a book called “Stop, Drop, and Roll” and completed a sentence starter telling our audience that we would remember to do if there was a fire.

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Continuing on our unit about learning about communities and community helpers we’ve been learning about jobs not only in our community but elsewhere.  We started out talking about how students can go wherever they choose to go and be who they choose to be and we reread Oh The Places You’ll Go.  Students colored, cut, and glued pictures of community helpers; and matched them with their related mode of transportation.  For writing students wrote about what they wanted to be when they grew up.

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For the past few weeks we have been learning about our community and the different people that are in it.  We’ve also been learning about how other communities are different from each other, and about the different jobs in our neighborhood and throughout the world.

We started off the unit discovering our neighborhood and the important places in it.  We then made our own individual map of Shaktoolik as well as a whole class map of our neighborhood.  We took colored pictures of places in our neighborhood and labelled the map with markers.

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Later on in our unit we started learning about people and helpers in our neighborhood.  Many of our Guided reading books taught us of the different people who helped us, we watched a few people in our neighborhood songs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2bbnlZwlGQ), and designed our own neighborhood in the building block center.

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