I have the honor of teaching 28 spunky, vivacious, and inquiring first graders from a variety of different backgrounds who are eager to learn about the world around them.
I want you to take a moment and imagine being six years old again.
Do you remember what it was like walking into your first-grade classroom?
Picture this you walk up to your classroom and see a superhero-themed door that says "Super Inquirers in Training". You then walk through that door and see a library area with your favorite book characters on the walls and lots of books.
You see tables with different colored bins on them that are holding treasures for you to use to learn. You see different areas to sit, a carpet that has a spot with your name on it and you think “Wow! This is first grade!! I am going to learn to read this year, add and subtract, and learn about the world around me”
If you can picture that in your head, welcome to our first-grade classroom in Oregon.
Do you remember being in elementary school and watching your caterpillars turn into butterflies? Or your tadpoles grow legs and become frogs? Maybe, you were lucky enough to watch chickens hatch from their eggs. There was this sense of excitement each day that you came to school to see what had changed. It brought learning about living things around you alive.
In first grade, one of our favorite units is all about inquiring into How the World works.
We really focus on how the natural world (physical and biological) and human society interact with one another. We get especially, excited when we learn about our role in taking care of other living things. Now, instead of just learning about our role in taking care of living things, we can actually take care of our own butterflies and ladybugs. Students will get hands-on experience watching our caterpillars turn into butterflies and larvae to grow into ladybugs. After we have raised them, we will release them into their new habitat our flower garden at the school.
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