This unit will be all about how different people influence our lives. We are starting out by exploring through some influential people, also knows as historical figures, of the past! We will be learning about 6 different important people. We started out this experience by taking a "Gallery Walk" though some pieces of history that each gave a hint to a historical figure.
Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Sam Houston, Abraham Lincoln,
We have also been talking about how Historical Figures became historical figures. They are people from the past that have done things to change our ways of life. For example how Ben Franklin discovered electricity, George Washington was the first president, and Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. We worked with a partner to talk about what historical figures can do and what they can be, what they have done, and who some of them are!
We started out our Historical Figure studies with George Washington. We did a great activity together to try and guess who he was from some fun facts about his life! Then we read the book George Washington's Teeth and watched a Brain Pop Jr. video about him.
For each Historical Figure, we will add facts to an "Influential People" notebook and then fill in a connection bubble for them! The bubbles will be kept on our classroom door! We will also add important facts to a huge timeline in our classroom!
World Read Aloud Day!
Today was World Read Aloud Day! We had a great time listening to stories from many different people and in different ways! We Skyped with another Coppell class at Lakeside Elementary and then we had some high school learners come to read to us! What a fun day!
Where We Are In Place and Time
We started our next unit today! It is called "Where We Are In Place and Time." In this unit we will learn about our past by exploring influential people like historical figures and out families and ancestors. We will discover how they have changed our own ways of life.
We started out our day by spending the morning "without electricity" in the classroom. What if we did not have electricity? What would school be like? We led this experience into what would have happened if no one had ever discovered electricity and invented light bulbs.
We talked about what life was like long ago and how people lived much differently from the way that we do today. We read a great book called The Ox Cart Man to see what life was like. Then we compared life from long ago to life we know today.
We tried to imagine ourselves living 100 years ago and all created something to show what life would have been like for us.
WHO WE ARE
Today we wrapped up our unit, Who We Are. We worked on really neat projects to solve a problem in our Bunny Towns. Each problem had to be solved using a perspective, and then providing the beliefs and values behind the solution they created. They worked so hard to get these put together today!
Click their pictures below to watch their presentations!
Rishaan and Binitta
BOOK FAIR PREVIEW TODAY!
Class Photographer: JOEY!
Joey paid 50 tickets to be the class photographer today! he had a great time documenting all the fun things he did with his classmates! I hope you enjoy his slideshow!
SUPERSTAR OF THE WEEK: YASHA!
Our Superstar of the Week this week is Yasha! Yasha is a super star because she makes good choices. She is happiest when she is spending time with her family and is proud of herself because she has a lot of friends! When she grows up, Yasha wants to be a teacher. Yasha's favorite school subject is Math and her favorite book is Heidi Hucklebeck. THANK YOU, YASHA!!
We had a wonderful and busy week in 1C this week! We really did some great activities together and we are wrapping up our Who We Are Unit!
Bunny Town Stories
We spent the week writing stories about our Bunny Town experiences! We created characters, gave the stories a setting, and solved a problem! They used the whole writing process with story maps, flow maps, drafts, and a final copy!
Just a Dream
We did a great lesson this week with this book. We started out by looking at different images from the story. Each image shows a problem with the Earth, so we talked about those problems and then talked about how that problem could be prevented in the future.
We led this story into a final Bunny Town lesson about recycling! The bunnies have lived together for so long now, that they need to start picking up all the trash they have accumulated! The mission was to create something by reusing all the Bunny Town materials from past missions and create something new and useful for the bunnies to use.
Fun with Fractions
We have been learning about fractions! Today we decided to apply what we have learned with PIZZA FRACTIONS! We had a great time discussing parts of a whole while slicing AND eating pizza!
Approaches to Learning Stations
My teaching goal for the year is to implement some stations into the classroom that directly align with IB. These are called the Approaches to Learning Stations. Each station allows the learners to practice different transdisciplinary skills.
They work on:
CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE!
What we are up to...
We are learning about contractions this week! Contractions are when you take two words and remove letters or sounds to shorten the word. We have read a couple books and played a few fun game to help us learn these new words!
This week we are learning about the IB Attitude, creativity! It is so important to be creative and to use your imagination! We did a really great activity with marshmallows and toothpicks to show how much more fun it is to create that just follow instructions all the time! We also read a great book called Willow and made a literary connection to our activity!
Following given instructions to make a cube...
Being creative and making what we want!
1C earned a fun Fiesta in Spanish for having the most points! They had a blast watching spanish cartoon, eating ships and salsa, and then doing some fun Spanish dances! They also got to play Spanish Words BINGO!
Guidance with Ms. Kirkley!
We had Guidance this week! We talked about the importance of honesty. One little fib can grow into a great big lie! You should always tell the truth! We watched a great Veggie Tales cartoon to teach the importance of this lesson.
We had a couple great photographers this week! Anya and Susmita have both paid their 50 ticekts to be photographers this week! I hope you enjoy their slideshows!
100th DAY OF SCHOOL!!
Scavenger Hunt: 100 Kisses!!
What can you make with 100?
What we are doing...
To continue with looking at our most valuable possessions, I actually brought my book, The Land of Oz, in to show the class today. They could not believe that I had a book that was 111 years old! They all really enjoyed listening to me read a part of it to them!
Today we had a great time reading a silly book called Silly Milly and the Mysterious Suitcase. This book is all about compound words! One of our sweet parents in the classroom sent the book in for us to read today!
After the great review from the book, we played a fun game of "Compound Word: I Have, Who Has?"
For R-Time this week, we talked about the IB Attitude of Enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is when you enjoy learning and show excitement about something! We watched 2 great videos of little kids showing enthusiasm about some things that may not seem that exciting! Then we talked about the different ways that these kids showed enthusiasm through their actions of facial expressions and body language.
Then we worked together to fill in our Enthusiasm Lexicon and took this word apart to really get down to what it means. We split in to groups and then created some silent skits to show our understanding of the word.
Today we challenged ourselves to write the Texas Pledge from memory, into our Texas Symbol Books! It was more challenging than we thought it would be!
Approaches to Learning
My teaching goal for the year is to implement some new centers called the Approaches to Learning Stations. These come directly from the IB Transdisciplinary Skills (now called Approaches to Leaning Skills). These skills are the important skills needed to learn as we grow. They teach thinking, communication, research, self-management, and social skills. I have been gradually introducing each skills to the class and will eventually open up all 5 stations for them to explore and learn in. Today we learned about Communication Skills!
HAPPY HALF BIRTHDAY, YASHA!
What We Are Doing...
We watched another really fun video about making compound words with Mr. Palindrome! We added our new words to the Circle Map. We also listened to the book, Once There Was A Bull...Frog and tried to guess what compound words were coming!
Our Most Valuable Possessions
After reading the book about bluebonnets yesterday and listening about how the little girl sacrificed her very own most valuable possession, we started talking about our most valuable possessions. We made a bubble map about our objects and described the reasons why these things are so important to us.
We created a Texas Booklet today to keep all of our notes about the different Texas Symbols in! We got pretty creative with some of our drawings! Today we talked about the Texas Flag and learned what each color on the flag represents! The red is for bravery, the white is for purity, and the blue is for loyalty, The star stands for "The Lone Star State."
MATH: 3D Shapes
We are learning about 3D Shapes this week! Today we watched a really fun sing along video about 3D shapes and then explored the different shapes. We talked all about the different shapes, their faces, their edges, and their vertices! Then we paired up and went on a 3D Shape Scavenger hunt in the classroom.
SUPER STAR OF THE WEEK: KYNDALL!
Kyndall is a super star because she is funny! She is happiest when she is spending time with her family and is proud of herself for working really hard! Kyndall wants to be a Rockstar and a Doctor when she grows up. Her favorite school subject is Science and her favorite book is Elephant and Piggy! THANK YOU, KYNDALL!
CLASSROOM PHOTOGRAPHER: KYNDALL!
Not only is she a Super Star, but Kyndall paid 50 tickets to be our classroom photographer today! Please enjoy her slideshow!
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