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!
On a rainy Wednesday afternoon the first graders traveled to the Fairfield Audubon Center to search of signs of spring. With digging spoons in hand, the class hiked the Audubon trails in search of clues that spring has arrived! The rainy day lent itself to record breaking discoveries for the first grade class! They found numerous salamanders, worms, and peeper frogs! We noticed budding trees, skunk cabbage in bloom and birds building their spring nests. Spring is finally here!
First graders planted Sugar Ann peas in the Unquowa Garden and in pots made from recycled newspapers. Students learned which vegetables thrive in the cooler temperatures of early spring and planned square foot gardens choosing their favorite vegetables, fruits and herbs. Square foot gardening is a method that helps gardeners determine how much space a plant needs. Thank you first graders for your creative garden designs and for being the first class to plant in our garden. We are looking forward to harvesting peas in May!
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!
There is so much to see outside of our cozy little state of Connecticut! The first grade scientists have begun their month-long study of the Solar System and the class is traveling to outer space! We will discuss the big boss of the solar system, the sun, our home planet, Earth, rocket off to the moon to discuss moon phases. The tour doesn’t stop there, as we blast off to the inner and outer planets as well! The first grade scientists have completed their first project, developing a “Trip to the Moon” story using creative writing, mixed with true facts about the moon. First graders are also at the beginning stages of designing a Moon Phase Zoetrope with Mr. Ross-MacCormack in the Makerspace!
Grades 1 and 2 have been spending time together since the holidays sharing projects and practicing skills. Recently we exchanged friendly letters. First graders worked very hard to craft friendly letters to each of the second graders. The grade 2 class was so thrilled to receive their letters that they immediately got to work writing their responses. It was a great way to work on a writing unit. In addition, we have met several times to practice our reading. Each student brings a book and we take turns reading parts of the book to our partner from the other class.