Michael was a communicator as he re-told a story about a boy getting angry and how writing in a notebook about his anger helped him to express his emotion and deal with his anger in a positive way. Michael also shared a photo that makes him happy, he explained it was taken at Easter. He did an Easter egg hunt and felt happy when his dad helped him to find the eggs.
Naomi was a risk-taker by sharing a poem she had written at home about happiness. She asked to read the poem while some happy music was playing in the background. Then she retold a story about a rabbit family and the emotion of love. She explained that the little boy rabbit had done something wrong and although he got in trouble his mother still loved him.
Nadia was reflective in her show and tell as she shared photos from her pre - school activities in Shanghai. She explained she felt happy most of the time, didn’t like the fruit activity and cried at the parachute because it was scary. She talked about friends and said she is still friends with some of her classmates from Shanghai.
Ms Shradha played a game with everyone for show and tell. She had lots of sentences and everyone tried to say the sentence using different emotions in their voice. We had lots of fun and laughed a lot!
Tuesday 15th September is International Dot Day. We celebrated the occasion in Grade One by reading ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds. Then we wrote some poems about dots and learned how to use a comma in lists of words. Next we printed colourful dots with paint and cylinder shapes onto some paper to use for the background of our dot poems.
One of the Approaches to Learning (ATLs) that this unit has a focus on is Self Management Skills. In order to develop and practice their self management skills alongside expressing emotions the children learned about using the Zones of Regulation. After identifying what zone they are in they can use tools (strategies) to help them get into the green zone where they are ready to learn. We got some tools from a tool box and discussed how they each have a special job. It is the same with tools for regulating our emotions. Some tools help us calm down when we are angry and other tools help us focus when we are excited. We listed our ideas for different tools for each zone and made our own personal tool box books to look in when we need support with what tool to choose.
After reading ‘I feel angry’ we made some slime that could be used to play with to help us calm down and de-stress when feeling angry. Stretching, rolling and kneading the slime gives us something to take our mind off the problem and focus on taking deep breaths or counting to 10. We laughed a lot and were feeling very excited while we made and played with the slime in class.
This week we had a special guest speaker to our class, Ms Berna, the school counsellor. She did some activities with us to help us become great emotion detectives. We listened to sound clips from movies and had to guess what emotion each person was feeling, this sharpened our listening skills. We had a look at some photos and described people’s emotions to sharpen our observations skills. Finally we practiced asking each other ‘Are you ok?' We look forward to playing some of the games Ms Berna left in the class for us.
Ian was a risk-taker and chose to be the first to present for show and tell in Grade One. He shared a selection of photographs with us and told us what emotions they showed. There was happy, excited, scared and loved. We had some interesting discussions about the emotions people can have when looking at photos as well as why people take photos. We talked about memories, both happy and sad and that photography is a special way of expressing emotions.
Coco was a thinker and chose to combine her spelling homework with her show and tell. She used cut out letters to build her spelling words. She explained that at first she felt tired because she was making each letter by hand but then her mum found some stickers and it was much easier. Then she felt happy. At the end Coco explained she was proud of her completed work.
Imran was a communicator when he explained all about his visit to a flight simulator with his dad. He said at first he was really scared and nervous because he thought it was real and he was going to crash. He explained he was also really excited because he couldn’t wait to touch the switches. At the end when he had finished in the flight simulator he felt really happy.