It’s been a great start in First Grade! We have had so much fun getting to know each other and learning how to work together as part of one classroom community. We spent the first few weeks of school working on expectations, routines and building our classroom family. Now, we are working towards implementing all of the components of our daily academic schedule. The children have adjusted beautifully and continue to impress me with their kindness and drive to succeed! We are having a wonderful school year!
Unit of Study: Personal Identity
Our first integrated unit is called Personal Identity. In this unit, the students will learn all about themselves and their families. So far, we have written our own books about our weekly lives and routines. We've also focused on reflecting on our daily lives and routines as well. We then connected our learning back to our BIG IDEA of PATTERNS AND CYCLES when we read the story "I Love You, Forever" by Robert Munsch and learned about the human life-cycle. The kids had fun using magazines to find pictures of the different stages in the life cycle. We also talked about how our thumbprint is unique and special to us. We stamped our prints are talked about how no two prints are exactly the same. We extended this project to include facts about us written around our beautiful prints. This week, we spent time learning about the continents and our place on the map. We talked about our planet, our continent, our country, our state, our town and finally US! We also shared artifacts from our ancestors and located each country on the map. We wrapped up the week by creating beautiful self-portraits. The children used mirrors to find their distinct facial features and portray them on paper using oil pastels. Next week, we will wrap up our Personal Identity Unit by creating our own family trees!