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This week we’ve been learning about holiday traditions and the differences between needs and wants during the holidays.  We started off by reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas and discussed how the Grinch learned that Christmas wasn’t about presents.  We made construction paper Grinchs and wrote how we would make the Grinch grin.

For social studies the next day, we watched a video on Brain Pop Jr about what a need is, what a want is, and their differences.  We sorted pictures into the two categories.  For art we made stockings, cut out pictures from magazines, and sorted them into needs and wants on the stockings.  You can get a Christmas Needs vs Wants freebie activity here.

 


We read the story “Thanksgiving Day” and learned about the very first Thanksgiving.  Then we cut and glued pictures that illustrated the first thanksgiving in the correct sequence.  For our art and writing we made TLC art pilgrims and wrote about what we were thankful for.

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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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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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