Thursday, February 18, 2010

Olympic Fever Hits Grade One

With the Olympics in Canada it makes it all the more exciting for us Canadians. And one of our students is heading there next week, so our class has been VERY interested in the Winter Olympics. We made our own torches, and are working on a book in math called "Do the Olympics Measure Up?" We looked at all sorts of ways that measurement is used in the Olympics and made comparisons. We also had the honor of being torch bearers for the opening ceremonies of our very own "Kindness Olympics". Our Charater Education (or Expect Respect as we like to call it around here) theme for February is Kindness,and we kicked off the theme with a mini opening ceremonies where the Grade Ones carried in the "torch". They were also accompanied by one of our staff members who carried the torch in Yellowknife in 1988! She wore her outfit from that experience. Check out the video of our little torch relay!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happy Hundred Day!

February 10, 2010 was the 100th day of school in Forestburg Grade One. This brought a lot of excitement to our little classroom. The students were invited to bring a collection of 100 objects. These included pennies, candies, lego, hockey cards, miscellaneous objects, tea bags, 50/50 tickets, pasta, rocks shells, beads, index cards, raisins, smarties, and popcorn. We enjoyed seeing the collections everyone had brought. We read several 100 Day stories, and we made some super cool 100 shaped glasses. We wrote the numbers from 0-100 and built groups of 100 using a variety of manipulatives. We made igloos in science using 100 marshmallows, which fit in perfectly with our Building Things science unit. We were also surprised with a visit from Zero the Hero, who visits us every ten days of school. We finished off the day by writing about what it would be like to be 100 years old and drawing self portraits of what we will look like at 100 years old! It was another great day where a lot of learning was accomplished and we had a lot of fun doing it!

Why Adding and Subtracting are Important

In grade one, learning how to add and subtract is big. BIG! The kids like adding and subtracting, but not often are they asked WHY they have to learn this. I asked my 19 Grade Ones WHY adding and subtracting is important. Here is what they came up with. Adding and subtracting is important because:

-I have to know the score of the hockey game
-so I know how tall I am
-to play games
-so I put in the right amount of gas
-so I can tell time (x2)
-so I can count money (x6)
-so I can play "Making Sandwiches" on X-box
-so I can be a teacher (x2)
-you have to get enough chemical (farmer's son, referring to spraying weeds!)
-I need to know how to do it when I am in a higher grade
-if I did not know math I would not know numbers
-to be smart, math is fun!

Wow! The amount of good ideas these little guys come up with always blows me away. These ideas were so good I just had to share them, and we are going to put them in our portfolios as well. Great job Grade Ones!

Animal Habitats! Check out the Animal Habitats that we made!