Here is the 1st grade research report on China!

1st Grade Continues to Learn About New Countries

The 1st grade GT students continued to rotate around their learning stations this week as they learn details about their countries.  The students are using some library resources, such as CultureGrams to learn more about some of the statistics, interesting sights, and particular ways of greeting each other in formal and informal situations.  They are also programming a robot to travel the world on our floor map, comparing a day in the life of a child in their chosen country, and finding out more about the flags of different countries.

1st Grade Continues Continent Studies

The 1st graders are continuing their stations on learning about the continents (we got a little off-schedule with class pictures on Tuesday).  They also practiced multiple perspectives by trying to think of what their parents might want for Valentine’s Day, and drew their ideas on augmented reality Valentines.  Next week, they will be making more Valentines to exchange with a mystery class in another country!

1st Grade “Augments” Their Reality

The first graders have been studying the continents, so they each received a map of the continents to color.  What they didn’t know was that this was a special map!  We talked about how maps can be a bit confusing because the world isn’t really flat – so walking off the east side of Asia doesn’t mean we would walk off the world!  Then the students used an app called, “Quiver” to turn their flat maps into 3d globes.  These augmented reality globes could show their own coloring, what the world might look like under the oceans, and other fun features.  Some of the students were able to take pictures of their augmented reality globes, which I’ve posted below.

2nd Grade Researches Adaptations

The 2nd graders learned how to log in to Google Classroom this week.  They received an assignment that gave them a link to the “Wild Kratts Creaturepedia,” and used that to research some of the interesting adaptations different animals have.

The students also put together our “3d Stanley,” which was designed by a student in a 7th grade classroom.  Its name is, “Skelly,” and we will be taking pictures of it so the 7th graders can see what our school looks like with Skelly in it.

Also, we worked on very challenging math problem where the students had to figure out how many shapes it would take to border a bulletin board.  It was fun to see the different strategies the students used to solve the problem, and great to see their hard work!

1st Grade Shares Postcards from Points of Interest

During the research each student is doing on his/her country, they were asked to find a famous place located in the country to select as a “point of interest.”  They wrote down some facts about their points of interest and saved pictures of them from their research.  Then the students got their pictures taken in front of our green screen.  We used an app to superimpose their images on the ones that showed their points of interest.  Finally, they used Photo Mapo to create digital postcards.  On Monday, the students shared their postcards with the class, and we all looked for the locations on our giant world map.

The students also talked about convergent and divergent thinking on Monday, doing some fun puzzles to practice convergent thinking and designing Fiesta medals for divergent thinking.  The students will be revising their Fiesta medal designs next week.


1st Grade’s Shamrock Shenanigans

The first graders worked on more research this week, finding out more about special places in each of the countries they are studying.  They will be doing a project next class in which they will be making postcards from those places of interest.

In addition, the first graders practiced creative thinking by doing some more brainstorming.  This week, they brainstormed what else shamrocks could be.  Here are their ideas:

1st Grade Shares Animal Research with Chatter Pix

The 1st graders made clay versions of the animals they chose from the countries they are researching.  They then used the ChatterPix app to relate what they had learned about the animals.  Take a look at their work!