Freeze & Read!
This week, Grade 1 participated in Freeze & Read. An announcement was made at some point during the day, and everyone at Seisen, both students and staff alike, had to stop what they were doing and read for 15 minutes.
We didn't know when it would happen, so we had to carry our books with us wherever we went. There were even a few times when we were in the middle of a lesson and we had to pause what we were doing and read.
Some students brought their own books from home, some borrowed from the ES Library, and some read from our class library.
Freeze and Read happened at an opportune time as we have transitioned into our new reading unit, which is all about students taking ownership of their learning and being the boss of their reading.
It was wonderful to see students excited about a school-wide event, to witness them building reading stamina, and to hear kids buzzing about their books.
By the end of the last Freeze & Read, many students just couldn't put down their book. Several students even lamented, "I wish every week was Freeze and Read!"
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!