As our first tuning in activity for our new unit we were given pictures of emotion face masks which had been all cut up. We worked together as a group to put the puzzles together and then label each mask with what emotion we thought it was displaying. This was the start of our emotions vocabulary building.
Our second tuning in activity was done through our senses. We took part in different tasting, smelling, touching, listening and looking experiences and said how we felt before and after each experience. Again this helped us build our vocabulary, become more aware of our emotions and also prompted us to think of several questions related to our emotions. We discovered that some of us felt different emotions even though the experiences were all the same. We were all great Risk Takers too.
We've had a fun few days catching up with old friends and making new friends. Our focus for inquiry this week was in our year long ‘Who We Are’ unit with the central idea ‘Communities can be diverse’. We focused on the line of inquiry ‘how communities evolve’. Our class community has evolved over the holidays, we said goodbye to two friends and have now welcomed two new friends. To build our community we placed the game ‘find someone who’ and learned some interesting facts about each other.
We also began work on some self portraits to form a new display of all the members of our class community. We were given 5 colours of paints and had to mix them to make our correct skin tone. We enjoyed experimenting with different tints to achieve a close match.
Grade 1 is in charge of the school wide celebration of Christmas at ISS this year. We decided to make kindness action advent calendars for each class to use on school days in the month of December. On each day we wrote ideas for an act of kindness. These included smiling to people, making a new friend and bringing a donation for the food bank.
We have been learning about landforms in Science. Ms Hima suggested the children could make some on the sandpit. The children took this idea and spent their playtimes this week creating many different landforms as a surprise for Ms Hima. Here are some photos of their hard work and cooperation. This is an excellent example of student agency which we promote at ISS through the PYP curriculum. Learning through play and extending their ideas beyond the classroom is so important. Well done Grade 1 students!
Rei told us about carnivorous plants that eat flies and other insects. They trap the insects and then digest them. We wondered if they plants smell bad and how big they are.
Takumi told us about swordfish and showed us pictures of them in one his books. There are many different species of swordfish. We learned that fish eggs are called spawn.
Tyler explained about salt water crocodiles. We learned that it takes 9 years for their eggs to hatch and once the baby crocodiles do hatch the mother carries them in her mouth to the water.
Reika made a collage to explain the lifecycle of an apple tree. We were interested in if the roots or stem grow first. Then we had a discussion about where the first apple or apple seed in the world came from. We have some philosophical thinkers in Grade One!
Una shared an e-book she had made on book creator all about monitor lizards. We talked a lot about all the different foods they eat. Some of us wondered what they use their tails for. We talked about how the monitor lizard can move well on land and in the water so it needs its tail for balance and also for swimming.