GEMS First Graders Investigate Apples!

Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Teachers will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Indicator of Success – Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.

 

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First Grade students at Georgia Elementary School have been learning a lot about apples this fall through reading, writing, and following the KWL process. Through teaming efforts, Pam Toof (Reading Specialist) and First Grade Classroom Teachers, Joan Nye, Melanie Dattilio, Allison MacKenzie, and Nancy Matas have worked together with children to implement KWL. This process allows children the opportunity to express…

“What they already Know, to explain What they want to learn more about (and after delving into the content matter through non-fictional text and experiential learning opportunities), to be able to share what they have Learned!”

 

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To solidify student understanding and cement core ideas, other subject areas are embedded throughout the day in alignment with apple studies. Students have sorted seeds while skip counting by 5’s and 10′ groups during math block and have learned to identify the parts and life cycle of an apple in science.

In addition, Scholastic News has provided non-fiction text that shares factual information and the answers to many “I wonder…” questions…

Questions like… “If I swallow a seed will it grow into a tree in my belly?”

Student response…”No, seeds and trees need soil, water and sunlight!”

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To learn more from local experts, the First Graders visited family-owned Hacketts Orchard, located in South Hero, VT.

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