1st Grade Works on GT Frames

1st grade students learned a lot about table manners in different parts of the world this week by playing a game called, “Don’t Gross Out the World.”  Ask them how they can give compliments to the cook if they are visiting the Inuit people in Canada!

They also worked on depth and complexity this week by filling out “frames,” where they addressed the Big Idea, Multiple Perspectives, Unanswered Questions, and Rules.  For our practice, they did frames about their classroom teachers, and you can see the results below.

1st Grade Works to “Find X”

The first graders worked on some tough math challenges this week.  They used convergent thinking to look at math clues in order to discover the value of “x.”  By using removable stickers with a graphic organizer, they were able to gradually digits from 0-9 as they applied each of the clues they were given.  It was a challenge for them, and they learned some new math vocabulary (like “sum”), but they all tried their best to succeed!

We also talked about food around the world and some of the reasons it may be different, such as living in cities or the country, availability of electricity for refrigerators, and what animals and plants grow well in that region.  In addition, they played a game on the iPad to help refresh their memories of the continents.

1st Grade Compare Cultures

The 1st graders learned about the currency of different countries, and got to take a look at some Japanese coins that I brought back from a trip a few years ago.  They also made some guesses about the comparative sizes of their countries by standing in line with their books to show how big they thought each one was (biggest on the left).  We then used a library resource called Culture-Grams to check to see if they were right.  After comparing land sizes, the students compared populations, and were surprised to see that smaller countries might have more people than bigger countries.

The students worked on a really challenging math activity on Friday called, “Balancing Bears.”  It’s a bit tough to explain but we might find a digital way to show you the activity next time!