Students in the "highest poverty" category, often do not have opportunities to follow their dreams. I am all about making the impossible possible and their dreams for the future an obtainable reality. My students come from countries around the world. They have traveled from Africa, Asia, South America, and across North America, as children of refugees and families that move frequently, due to low-income earning ability. The unique and difficult experiences of my students are what make my students some of the most powerful and determined young minds you could ever hope to meet.
My students have experienced adversity.
In our classroom, we rise above it. My students are resilient and brilliant. They have incredible leadership abilities. They help each other and understand the power of teamwork. We build a classroom community and care for each other. When one student succeeds, they all celebrate the success achieved by their classmate. These bonds are forged with time, shared tribulation, and the universal truth that every single student in our class has enormous potential.
The crowning jewel of my current vision of the D.R.E.A.M. Centers for our first grade classroom is centered on my favorite creature - the BEE!
Where would our planet be without bees?
What would the future look like if the next generation does not respect and revere these important little creatures? These are questions I ask myself, and this project is the answer!
With 24 student daily reading copies of The Bee Book our students will learn in depth about bees, their habits, importance to a thriving agriculture, and the amazing things they do. With a few additional all-about-BEE books for the center they will be able to research and study these important organisms.
This project includes an expansive MagnaTiles engineering set - as bees are also great engineers! I also included hexagon shaped storage boxes for this D.R.E.A.M. Center for a shape-learning tie-in. Don't Wake the Bees is a fun game to practice with math facts, and students will have a Montessori style choice to BEE creative using the arts materials including pompoms, Wikkisticks, and google eyes! We will be making pet bees that students will read, and the wikistiks offer an opportunity to discuss beeswax, and all the amazing things that bees can make and create. Students will practice writing with their bee pencils and erasers, and more!
You better BEElieve it, this D.R.E.A.M. Center is going to BEE the bee's knees!
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