Our first project based learning unit is underway! This week Mrs. Hoefer came to our 1st grade class with a problem she needs help solving. She explained it is her duty as the leader of the school to promote learning and safety. Mrs. Hoefer expressed that she is always brainstorming ideas to help keep the school a fun and comfortable place to learn. She asked us to be super hero leaders to create a set of general guidelines for the school and we are more than happy to take on this responsibility.
Throughout this project, students will research the current guidelines that are in each classroom to further grasp the mission and expectations of being a student here at PNA.
The students will also learn to understand the differences in rules and consequences to create a set of parameters that help support discipline and accountability within the school community. The rules will foster ethical thinking and promote practice of self-control. They will engage with various individuals that are well versed in civil justice to gain a deeper understanding of social norms and rules in a community. After a couple weeks of research and problem solving, the students will present the PNA mission based rules to student council and create a public service announcement video.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break and I cannot wait to get back and get started on this project!
We had another wonderful week of learning and working together in first grade!
This week we have been practicing our understanding of the 21st Century Skills that we are trying to exemplify and grow from this year.
In the math and literacy centers, our class has been continuing to display effective communication and collaboration when playing competitive/skill games. During the activity “Drop the Beans” in math, the kids were taking turns making different combinations of 7, 8, 9 and 10. Throughout each turn, everyone worked together to decipher where they should record the equation to match the combination tossed. It became a team game, instead of everyone “against” each other. I am so proud of the kids for taking on a collaborative and positive energy, during such a normally competitive activity.
Word Tower went the same way. After students chose a block to remove, they could read 1-5 words for varying amounts of points. Without prompting, students again were helping each other read and record the words so everyone could gain points.
In each of these activities they also demonstrated critical thinking their skills. Deciding where to write the equation and what blocks to pull so that the structure wouldn’t fall.
It was a fantastic week learning more about each other while improving on our academic skills and concepts. Having snow on the ground was an awesome bonus that made for a creative time during free play at recess! Have a great weekend!
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