Five below outside?! No problem!! Our variety of activities: Movement for those who want it!! Games and crafts for those who want that! Flexibility at its best!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Writers workshop has been a very busy and productive place already this week! Students continue to work on their "How To" books, but now they are adding introductions and conclusions!! We read some examples of each in our mentor texts, and students went to work with a new excitement! Such talented kiddos!!
First graders "flew" from Germany to Israel yesterday! After making it through customs and learning a little about the celebrations that happen there at this time of year, they were treated to a very special guest visitor this morning! Our very own Ella's mother came in to teach us more about Hanukkah, the story, some their own family's traditions, as well as the dreidel game! And ofcourse they had to try playing the game, too!! Thank you, Courtney!!
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
While "visiting" Germany, first graders learned about a tradition celebrated by many German families on Decaember 6th: St. Nikolaus Day! There are many stories around this saint, but the tradition goes that children leave their shoes or boots outside their doors on the night of the 5th in hopes that St. Nikolaus will fill it with treats before morning time. St. Niolaus is not the same as Santa Claus, and many German families celebrate both.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Today was a big day in first grade - we took our first flight on our "Holidays Around the World" trip!! Students grabbed their suitcases and passports and boarded a direct flight to Germany to learn about the holidays and celebrations going on during this time of year in that part of our world. While we are in Germany we will also learn a little about some of their customs, traditions, and their culture. Did you know that the tradition of bringing a tree into your house to celebrate Christmas came from Germany?!
The empty airplan awaiting it's passengers.
Passengers waiting to board the airplane; suitcases and tickets in hand.
Finding their seats.
Enjoying some inflight videos on Germany.
Going through customs.
Coloring the German flag.
Looking at the map of the world to see where we came from, and where we landed.