Family Histories Launch - Beginning of next Semester
Grade 1 will soon launch their new unit of inquiry and we are looking for parent volunteers to support the students in their learning.
Where we are in place and time - Family Histories
Grade 1 will begin their unit of inquiry Where we are in place and time - Family histories at the beginning of next Semester. They will be exploring the central idea Family history provides insight into one's own personal identity. This involves investigating and exploring ways to find out about the past, the passing of time and significant events and what practices have changed over time.
We would welcome the opportunity for parents/guardians/grandparents/family members to come into the classroom and share their family history stories with the Grade 1 classes.
Please contact Ms Erika - email@example.com and Ms Katelyn - firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to come in and share with the class.
We suggest bringing in photos or any special family heirlooms or artifacts that may assist with sharing your family history with the students.
SOLO/Vocabulary Lists for the unit of inquiry:
Below you will find links to the updated SOLO Taxonomy and Vocabulary Lists for Grades 1. It is important to note that in alignment with the Enhanced PYP, students may develop the SOLO taxonomy by co-constructing this with their teachers. This is to provide students with agency - choice, voice and ownership throughout the process of their learning. Therefore the SOLO co-constructed by students may look slightly different this one. This learning progression and vocabulary list is developed so you can support your daughter's learning at home. These can also be found as a hard copy near the Cafeteria Display. Please feel free to come and take one.
How can I use the SOLO at home?
You will now see a row underneath the possible assessment criteria titled 'Possible questions to discuss'. These are teacher guided questions that help to direct the unit of inquiry. You may wish to use these questions to begin a conversation with your chid about their unit of inquiry at home. Equally, you may wish to develop some questions with your child that they could bring to school and share with their class to assist with their inquiries.
How can I use the Vocabulary Lists at home?
The Vocabulary Lists are a guide for the possible vocabulary that may be explored throughout the unit of inquiry. It is encouraged that you explain and explore the words within this list with your child in their mother tongue. Perhaps you may talk about the concept of some of the words in English and also in your home language in order to deepen their understanding of them.
What a fantastic year we have had together in grade 1A.
On Friday June 1st, the grade 1s from Seisen met up with the boys from SMIS at Kinuta Park to have their final writing celebration.
The grade 1 students have been inquiring into ways to measure MASS - how heavy something is.
This week the grade 1s have been looking into the second line of inquiry in our "Where We Are in Place and Time" unit.
The Passing of Time and Important Events
We introduced a new vocabulary word "significant" and did an open ranking task where we had to rank events from a person's life in order of significance.
Grade One students explore pitch through blowing into water bottles, listening to a slide whistle, and feeling the vibrations of the piano strings.
Grade One students explore "vibrations" of various instruments in the Music Room.
Grade one sorts out time: before they were born, in my lifetime, and both.
Guest artists Pianist Mimi Solomon and violinist Nicholas DiEugenio performed on April 3 for the Grade 1-6 students. They played new and old music and engaged the students with movement, singing and questions. Fun for all!
As part of our How the World Works unit of inquiry the grade 1 students have been investigating into questions such as "How Does Light Travel?", "What is Darkness?" and "What Materials Can Light Travel Through?"
Grade 1 scientists explore light and sound.
Grade One students are exploring movements of animals in the rainforest. They are working on making interesting fantastic shapes and discovering ways to express themselves.
The grade 1s have been getting super smart by reading Non Fiction books! We have also been learning how to read aloud like an expert.
As a way to unpacked our unit vocabulary and to track our learning, Grade 1 has been trialing "Stoplight Vocabulary."
In other news, 1A, 1B, and 1C are the proud owners of Japanese rhinoceros beetles!