This week we began our IB Unit “Who We Are”. This unit looks into how our environment can influence our roles and responsibilities. We started this unit talking about how families are different. We read the story What Makes a Family and created a thinking map identifying the main idea and details of the story.
In the story we learned that families can be all different sizes and with different types of family members. We created an apple tree that illustrated the number of family members that live with us.
We also read another book called When I am Old With You about a boy talking about all the things he likes to do with his grandpa and wants to do with his grandpa as he continues to get older. We talked about how not all families like to do the same thing as other families. Students then drew pictures in their journals what they like to do with their family.
This last week our theme was All About Me, where students learned about what makes them who they are. They learned about different body parts and how they look different and similar from others, discussed their favorite things, and learned about other classmates. It is an introductory unit to the bigger International Baccalaureate unit of Inquiry Who We Are.
We started of the unit by learning how to read to self and partner reading with the emergent reader book, All About Me. We read the book as a class first then students practiced reading by themselves and reading to partners. Finally we filled out a web map and discussed the main idea and details of the story.
We read the story called A Book of Hugs and labeled the main idea and details of the story. For writing we wrote in our journals about what kind of hug do we think is the best. We also made flip books about things that we love. Finally, in preparation for our Valentines Day party, we decorated our Valentines envelopes.
Last week had our unit on cold weather animals or winter animals. We read an interactive story called “Penguin, Penguin” and labeled main ideas and details on a thinking map. Finally students made penguin glyphs based on their preferences about winter.
We also read nonfiction books about winter animals and got into partner groups and practiced reading easy reader books about winter animals. Finally we practiced following directions and made TLC art walrus.
This last week we moved on in our fall unit, and started our mini unit on pumpkins. We started out reading nonfiction books about pumpkins, then we filled out a web thinking map about things we can do with pumpkins.
Then we read “The Biggest Pumpkin of All” and I brought in a pumpkin so that students could investigate the pumpkin. They measured the pumpkin using connecting cubes, tested to see if the pumpkin floats, and explored the inside and outside of the pumpkin.
This past week we started our new unit about the sky and the difference between daytime and nigh time. To begin our new unit we started learning about the sun and the importance the sun plays on our planet. We read a nonfiction book called “The Sun: Our Nearest Star” and watched a presentation on BrainPop. We also created a circle map, made our own illustrations, and wrote sentences. 1st grade worked on their own paper with a topic sentence and two details.
The next day we created our own class sun dial by putting a tall stick in the snow and marking where the shadow of the stick ends at various times throughout the day.
As we contiue with our community unit; this week we started our sub-theme about transportation. We listened to the song / story called “We All Go Traveling By“. The book is turned into the song on youtube here. We used a story map to illustrate the main idea and details of the story.
At the end of the story the people in the modes of transportation were all heading to school. So we made a connection to the story and talked about how we got to school. We made a graph displaying how each member of our class got to school. The choices were getting to school by walking, truck, four-wheeler, or snowmachine (snowmobile for those of you living in the lower 48).
For writing we wrote about how we get to school each day and used clipart to illustrate our mode of transportation.
Today we read the story Valentine Friends in celebration of our upcoming Valentine’s Day party. After we read the story we created a heart shaped web illustrating the main idea and details from the story.
In the story the characters learned how to make construction paper hearts, so we used the directions in the story to make construction paper hearts. On the hearts we wrote about one key detail we learned from the story.
Moving on from the fall harvest unit we talked about where food comes from. Students learned that food doesn’t just come from the store but much of our food that we eat comes from farms. We watched Sesame Street visit to a farm (since there are no farms out here in rural Alaska).
We then discussed the main idea of the movie (there are many foods that can come from farms), and illustrated the key details we saw in the video in a web graphic organizer.
Today we read the story Click Clack Moo: Cow’s That Type discussed cause and effect. We then created an emergent reader book talking about what other animals on the farm might want.