10/17/12

Happy Conference Week!

Thursday and Friday in 1A brought with it a series of more pumpkin related activities focusing on literacy, number sense, and scientific thinking.

We started a pumpkin booklet Thursday.  Each of the students got to choose a small heirloom pumpkin to keep.  We used the pumpkins to aid in our scientific investigations.  We drew and coloured a picture of our pumpkins, talking about how mixing colour adds interest and makes things look more real (depth).  We used “juicy” words to describe our little pumpkins – this was to relate our new learning to previous lessons and to see if they could use some of their own adjectives to describe their pumpkins.  They did awesome.

We also talked about what a prediction is – a guess that we make once we have some facts to help us make a good one (informed thinking.) So we looked at rulers – talked about how big some common things might be and then we predicted how wide our pumpkins were before measuring them for real and talking about if our guesses were too big (greater), too small(less than), or just right (equal). We also used math blocks to predict how tall our pumpkins would be and then measured them and again discussed how close our predictions had come.

The student’s favourite part of our pumpkin investigation was sink/float.  We all took part in holding objects and talking about their weight (mass, heavy or light) and their size (big or small).  We predicted if each of the items would sink or float and talked about why we may be right or wrong once we tested out predictions.  We even talked about why boats float if they are so big.  Then each of the students predicted if their pumpkin would sink or float.  Most of them felt how heavy the pumpkin was and predicted it would sink.  This led us to a conversation about how a pumpkin is hollow and the air that hides in the hollow places makes the pumpkin float.   The kids were very engaged.

In social studies we talked about how the Tower of Babel led to people being spread all over the world and talking different languages.  We talked about how in our class of 22 students and teacher we can trace roots to more than 20 different countries!  We listened on Google Translate to how most of those cultures/countries all say the word God earlier so the kids pulled this into conversations.  We each chose a country that our families have hailed from and drew the map.  We placed them up on the board.  On the bulletin board is also a map with pins marking each of the countries mentioned in the notes I sent home and you returned.  I used red thread to mark a line from each country to Winnipeg and we talked about how even though we all come from so many different places, eat different food, have different traditions, and may talk different languages  and we still make up a community in our classroom and a community of believers in Christ.

We ended today with free center time – they had a great week and deserved the choice time since the community clean-up was cancelled.  We had three centers open – wooden blocks, straw building, and stencils.  They had a blast.

Blessings

Mrs. Hildebrand