Endangered Animal Books

The iPads have been in our classroom for the past couple of weeks, and we are excited to finally share our projects. The students have been working very hard researching and learning about animals from all over the world. We used online resources and books to learn about the animals and their habitats. We organized the information we gathered and created digital books using a great app, Book Creator. The students learned how to add text, pictures, change fonts and create lay-outs for their all about books.

Click on the top left of the video (Playlist).  This will show you all the books created by the students in 1MM.

Learning Journeys

Today the students were the tour guides of the classroom. They directed their parents around the room and visited stations to share their learning with their families. Thank you to all the families that visited our classrooms today! :)

To begin the journey, the students and families watched a slideshow of pictures from throughout the year.

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Vietopia Field Trip

The Grade Ones had the opportunity to visit Vietopia. Vietopia is a community designed especially for children ages 3-15. At Vietopia, children participated in different community helper roles. The children were excited to have hands on experiences and meet the community’s wants and needs. Ask your child about the businesses they visited and which was their favorite.

Writer’s Celebration- Opinion Writing

The First Graders were fantastic today! I am so proud of all their hard work from this unit! The students shared opinions they have. They chose their favorite piece to share at our Author’s Celebration!

Goals from the unit:
1. Write my opinion or my likes and dislikes and say why.
2. Write a beginning to get the reader’s attention. Say the topic I am writing about and give my opinion.
3. Use transition words like, and and because.
4. Write an ending for my piece.
5. Write an organized piece.
6. Write at least one reason for my opinion.
7. Use labels and words to give details.

As you saw from our celebration today, the students did much more than this! :)

Please check out the pictures from the event this morning!
 
 

Design Thinking: How Can We Help Piggie Fly?

Our Air and Weather science unit has come to an end.  As a culminating project, we read the story Today I Will Fly! by Mo Williems.  In this story, Piggie wants to fly but cannot find a way to make it happen.  I challenged the students to design a way to help Piggie and Gerald fly!  First, they began their thinking by drawing different flying ideas they had including wings, parachutes, kites, airplanes and strings.


Mya, Bao Nhi and Abi create a plan to help Piggie and Gerald fly!

After we made our drawings, I gave the students a variety of materials to use to make their creations. They used tissue paper, A4 paper, plastic bags, chopsticks, popsicle sticks, straws, ribbon, tape, paper clips and staplers.

The students tested their designs by running through the hallways and ‘flying’ them in front of a fan.

After, they altered and changed their designs to make them better.  They added more string and tails to help their kites stay balanced in the air, they took off excess materials that made their kites too heavy to lift, and they really tried to make their ideas into practical models. They enjoyed this process, and used their creativity to make their designs the best they can be!

See the slideshow for other photos from our project!

I want to give a special thanks to John Rinker from Nanjing International School, who was a great presenter at the Learning 2.0 conference in Bangkok this fall! I really enjoyed the Design Thinking Workshop, and I think my students were also happy I attended! :)