As we enter our new unit COMMUNITIES, the students have been learning about a variety of communities that we know about and discussed how they are alike and different. As we've learned about different communities, we've learned that communities have leaders, jobs, rules, and have to use cooperation! We know that each of us belong to a community, so we started exploring how we fit into them. During this unit, the students will explore what it means to be a member of a community and how communities can be successful.
So far, the students have learned that our classroom is a community and that they are also a part of a family community! During our study of families, students learned that all families are unique and special and not all families look the same. Each student created a family glyph to show who lives in their house and were able to talk to share about their family with their friends. As we learned about our classroom community, we talked about the things a community needs and discussed if we had them in our classroom community. This led us to create a classroom job chart to hold us accountable for completing jobs throughout the day! We can't wait to learn more about our place in the world!
As we continue to reflect on what it means to be a member of a community, we moved on to our school community. We discussed members of our school community (students, teachers, parents, Leadership, etc). We found that each person has a role or job and that is part of why our community is successful. We took a tour of our school and met important people in our Riverview community. On our tour we met Mrs. Thomas, Nurse Bridgers, Mrs. Pierro, and the Leadership Members: Ms. AnneMarie, Ms. Donna, Ms. AK, and Ms. Liz. We also met with Chef Lisa, Mr. McGuire (technology), Ms.Fleming(custodian), and Ms. Shelby(tide watch.) Each person shared with us what their job/role is in our school community. We were able to ask questions and make notes, which we will use for our writing activities next week as we continue to learn about our school community. Be sure to ask your children about the importance of all of our school helpers!
We have just switched our focus in math to 2D and 3D shapes. Prior to this, we have been learning about teen numbers. Our goal for the students has been recognizing teen numbers, understanding their worth and being able to manipulate them. This week we introduced the difference between 2D and 3D shapes and learned what it means to be flat or solid. We worked on sorting shapes by their dimensions, reviewed the names of our 2D shapes and began to introduce the names of 3D shapes. Some 3D shapes we are learning include cube, cone, pyramid, triangular prism, rectangular prism, and sphere. We are all excited about learning 3D shapes! We are working towards being able to name them, find them in our environment, and find 2D shapes within the 3D shapes! Check and see if we can find any at home or in our community!
We LOVE calendar binders! The math (and life) skills that are covered during calendar binders are abundant. We have been completing a class calendar daily since the beginning of the year. However, once January began, each child got their own calendar binder. We work on these daily as a class and each child completes their calendar binder independently. This gives them each a chance to be responsible and accountable for their own learning and is an exciting time of day. We are loving getting to see the growth that calendar binders encourages!