Grade 1 - Mrs. McCulloch
Our grade one journey continues this year by looking at our big question “What can we explore to discover our world?” While preparing to go to the Cross Conservation Center we are combining the grade one science topics of seasonal changes and needs of plants and animals. The children applied their research skills and read many books about coyotes. One book we read was Canada’s Prairie Animals by Chelsea Donaldson. Through observation and comparison of different animals they are able to identify various animals and their needs. The children observed many pictures of Coyotes and sketched them. We used chalk pastels to capture their appearance.
As a class we have been reading and discussing seasonal changes. The children went on a walk in the schoolyard to observe and discover signs of winter. They discovered different types of trees and observed that some lose their leaves and others don’t. Through observation the children noticed the changes in the form and appearance of the trees. We read Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett and the beautiful pictures of trees in winter inspired the children to create their own scenes. We used watercolor pastels and a Epsom salt solution over top to give the effect of frost. We added white fluorescent flakes for snow crystals.
Using our senses, we observed nature in the forest. We felt the wind in the trees, we heard the birds chirping, and smelled the wild flowers.
We discovered our world through the lens of a child. Each child used their own binoculars to learn about our community forest. Children discovered the changing season by looking at leaves, trees, and insects.