Students in first grade have been learning about all of the instruments in the orchestra. A great piece of music to help student listen to and identify different instruments is Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf. This symphonic fairy tale for children is an excellent way to show students how music can tell wonderful stories! Today students were able to act out the different characters in the story with a listening game. I chose a character from the story and played their musical theme and the students had to act out which character they heard! What a fun way to assess student’s ability to recognize different instruments and musical themes! Can you tell which animal these students heard?
To extend our learning of the solar system, the first grade scientists traveled to the Discovery Museum to view the planetarium show The Little Star That Could. The class felt as though they traveled into outer space as the stars and planets surrounded them in the planetarium. The class recharged with snack and blasted off to the museum galleries to explore all of the exciting things at the Discovery Museum. Our trip was out of this world!
In social studies the first graders have recently explored the idea that where people live affects the kind shelter they may need, as well as when people lived affecting the materials they may have used. To explore a firsthand comparison between the houses we live in now and the shelters that people built in the past, the first grade stepped back in time by visiting the Ogden House right here in Fairfield. The class learned about the life of the Ogden family and all of the hard work the children were responsible for each day just to maintain the shelter. The first graders were able to learn about cooking, making clothing, and other various daily activities in the 1700’s. They explored the kitchen, family room, the two bedrooms and the garret, where the Ogdens dried the herbs from their garden and made comparisons to their own homes.
Students in first grade have been clapping and singing the quarter and eighth notes since day one of music class this year. We have been using a cool song called “Sweet Beats” to practice improvising our own four beat measures in class. Today was an exciting day where the students got to “write” using popsicle sticks, their own measures in 4/4 time, adding another layer to our music theory lessons!
On a beautiful morning the first graders went on an exciting scavenger hunt through our Unquowa garden! They looked closely for various vegetables and herbs and recorded their findings. The first graders also harvested yellow, purple, and green beans for their classmates to enjoy at lunch. We also sampled some of our garden’s yummy Sungold tomatoes! Many thanks to Mrs. Curran for our adventure in the garden!
The first graders, along with second grade, traveled to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. Our trip was in connection to our current first grade science unit on Long Island Sound. The students participated in a workshop that detailed the structure and function of various marine life and gave them hands-on opportunities to meet a live whelk, sea star, clam, turtle and snails. We also viewed an ocean life imax show, toured the aquarium, and had the chance to explore the various touch tanks including jellyfish and manta rays!