Tag Archives: first grade

Solar System Exploration

This past Monday we started the day off by watching a National Geographic Kids video. The video demonstrates how plants orbit around the sun and briefly described the characteristics of each planet. Questions raised by the video were used as journal prompts to encourage individual research. 

Later on in the day, a handful of the students decided to draw visual representations of the entire solar system. Their desire to represent their knowledge in a different way, or “language,” is something we strive for at Little Wonders.

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Little Bits Light Bridge

Three children paired up for our latest Little Bits project. While they were researching the Little Bits website, an image of a bridge with lights captivated their interest. They immediately began brainstorming and planning to recreate this 3D model. What followed was a rich, child-lead, interactive learning experience.

First, the children created their own template of the bridge out of cardboard and frequently referred to the website directions to understand the functions of the electronic modules. Continue reading

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Rosemary Bread

One day we set up a simple provocation: we provided fabric on the playground. Several children took the fabric and attached it to our playhouse, making a house/castle of some sort. We were pleasantly surprised to see what the “princesses” were making when we peeked in… dinner!

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Surfboards

Our block area is a perfect place for creativity to flourish. Many loose parts and manipulates are available for the children to use. One day, several boys teamed up and made surfboards out of Legos and then went into our art area and made surfboards out of paper and various materials. Continue reading

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Learning with Legos

The children love playing with Legos and creating different things out of the small pieces. There are so many different ways to learn when using Legos in regards to mathematics. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

We created a math worksheet out of Legos. The children worked on addition and subtraction using the dots on the Legos piece. After a few days of practice, the children were able to create their own math worksheets out of Legos and consequently solve the problems.

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