Last Friday Grade 1 students attended the Grade 5 Exhibition. The exhibition is an opportunity for the students in the last year of primary school to show their learning, show their research and action on a chosen topic. So G1 students were the perfect audience who also had a sneak preview of what to expect in a few years. The students went from station to station finding out about different issues, asking questions, listening and talking. It was amazing to see learning in action!
What a pleasure it is to have extended family coming to the school!!! It was such a joy today to have Harley's grandparents come and read to us! Both his grandmother and grandfather came along accompanied with Harley's mom Alena. They walked through our famous Mystery Path and were joined with all of the students sitting in front of them eager to listen to their stories. Very interesting! Thank you
The students began creating their own oral stories today. First, we learned to use a story map which helped us to plan a beginning, problem, attempts at a solution, a successful solution and ultimately an ending. Students invented their own stories about an animal with a problem with the help of the map. Once they had planned their story they were able to tell it to a friend and have the friend repeat it back to them. Some students were brave enough to share their stories with the class and have a friend retell it! Stay tuned for the results!
Our latest activity in relation to UOI - How We Express Ourselves (stories) - was to explore the elements of a story and understand how it is structured. We've been reading lots of books and discussing how they are written, but in particular we looked very closely at a famous fairy tale 'Hansel and Gretel'. We looked and identified such elements as the beginning of a story where characters and setting are introduced, the problem, a few attempts to solve that problem, and how things change at the end of the story. We also discussed what this book is teaching us about and what message it carries to the reader. To go deeper and have a hands-on experience with the text and its elements, we asked students to read short excerpts from a book and identify which elements they represented. The students worked collaboratively in groups of three and had to talk with each other, share their opinions, negotiate the meaning and agree on the final conclusion. Collaboration was another aspect of this lesson where students became aware of various strategies they need to use in order to work together effectively. Well done, 1ai!