This morning 1R parents visited the ICT Labs and had the chance to see the imovies that the students created.
Our upcoming UOI is Why Does it Matter? Students will be exploring different types and properties of matter and their uses.
When we return from break, students will be investigating the properties of one type of matter they have chosen. Students will need to bring in this matter to do some experiments. They will not get the matter back (we will be burning it, breaking it and putting it in water), and will need enough to do several investigations.
Please ensure your child has their type of matter on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
Grade 1 Team
For the unit, “How We Organize Ourselves”, students are studying how citizens have responsibilities to fulfill to ensure their communities are safe an happy.
The ICT integration for this unit involves taking a look at how and why parks are important public spaces in a community. The students had a chance to look at photos of different parks from around the world and to discuss how they are uniquely suited to the communities and environments in which they are located.
One resources for this is an interactive on line resource called Giver from tvokids.com
After exploring different parks, students had the opportunity to design their own community park using the online park builder programme from Giver.
Below are some student samples
As a culmination to the unit, “How the World Works”, students had the opportunity to use Spore Creature Creator to design animals which were to have certain characteristics that would allow them to survive in a specific habitat. For example, if a student was given the task to design an animal for a polar habitat, a heavy, white coat of fur and perhaps sharp claws and teeth would be appropriate for a carnivore. Students understanding of such concepts could be clearly demonstrated in this activity, as well as a vast range of ICT skills including organizing, communicating and creating.
This slideshow is a teacher created sample of some of the steps involved in creating a Polar Bear.
Student Examples Below
During the course of our Unit, “Sharing the Planet”, students had a chance to inquire into how the behaviour of people can affect the planet. In doing so, they drew pictures and took photographs of actions and the result of such actions. Using the “Pages” programme, students altered a template to display their own understanding of this concept.
Below are a few samples taken from each class.
Grade 1 has started its Unit of Inquiry on Healthy Choices.
Students in first grade are faced with a number of choices they have not encountered before: foods to eat, activities, friendships, games to play, etc. This unit will focus on helping children make good decisions and see how those decisions have an impact on their lives and happiness.
While the unit starts with choices about food, we move into choices about sports and exercise, friendships and social activities. To promote your child’s engagement and learning with this unit, we encourage you to involve your child in daily chores and activities to help them learn to make good choices in the real world. If children are engaged in the decision making and planning process as well as the outcome, they will feel a genuine sense of accomplishment and that their choices have a direct impact. Some ideas might be:
1. Take your children grocery shopping and actively engage them in choosing food for the week. If you are really brave, have them help you plan and cook a meal.
2. Plan weekend activities with your children (as opposed to planning for them).
3. Choose music and make a CD to play in the car or use to dance.
4. Find an interesting art activity, gather the materials together and do the activity. Display the project in a prominent place.
5. Sort toys or old clothes for donation- allow your child to help make decisions about how to sort (color, size, purpose, etc).
Finally, find ways to have fun with your children. I heartily recommend a little bit of silliness, starting with this spoof on a popular song:
For Information and Ideas
For Parents and Kids: