As part of our school wide AISI (Alberta Initiative for School Improvement) project for this year, we are challenged to engage students in “real world” tasks that require higher level thinking, self-direction and collaboration. The Grade One class has taken "real world" and put our own imaginative spin on it. We have been working on a number of projects for "The King". As we all know, the king is not real, but we do happen to have a king that can visit our classroom. So for starters, "The King" asked us to use the patterns we had been working on in math to creat some picture frames for his wall, and some tiles for his floor. He deemed that the frames and tiles must show a good and correct pattern, be colourful, neat and pleasing to look at. The students went to work and created both frames and tiles for "The King". Much to our delight, "The King" visited our classroom and chose both a frame and a tile to take back and use in his castle. He also requested that we use our skills that we are using in our "Creating Colour" unit to make him some purple punch for his upcoming party. Stay tuned to see how the punch turned out.