1ST and 2ND GRADE CLASSES

Sea Sponges
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Planet and Moon

Space Explorers

Instructor: Mrs. Robinson

Class Description: 

The goal of this class is to familiarize students with our solar system. We will learn about the sun, the planets, the Earth’s moon and phases, and the stars. We will also learn a chant to memorize the 8 planets and create a string model of the planets in order from the sun.

Syllabus:

Week 1 – Introduction to the Solar System. Begin study and activities for the sun.
Week 2 – Finish up sun activities. Begin study and activities of Mercury and Venus.
Week 3 – Begin study of Earth and complete activities. Begin to study the moon.
Week 4 – Complete moon study. Study Mars and complete activities.
Week 5 – Study and complete activities for Jupiter and Saturn.
Week 6 – Study and complete activities for Uranus and Neptune.
Week 7 – Learn about the Asteroid Belt, Ceres, Pluto, Comets, Stars/Constellations
Week 8 – Culminating activity, put together solar system on a string, wrap up loose ends

 

 

 

Fun with LEGO

Instructor: Mrs. Carr

Class Description:

LEGO is an abbreviated form of the Danish words for “play well” and there are so many ways we can play well with them. We're going to use our creativity and have fun as we work independently and together, present to classmates, and learn how to structure a story. We’ll also do some hands-on LEGO reinforcement of math concepts and learn about LEGO history and art, with fun challenges along the way. Let’s get ready to learn through building!

Special notes:

Other – some LEGO bricks will be provided for use in class activities. Students should bring a zip bag of their own LEGOs (including vehicle and other special parts, if desired) and keep it in their backpacks until instructed.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – LEGO class introduction, history and geography
Week 2 – LEGO math
Week 3 – LEGO art and artists
Week 4 – Building bridges
Week 5 – Bridges continued and working cooperatively
Week 6 – Building stories
Week 7 – Introduction to class presentations
Week 8 – Final building challenge

 

 

Marine Biology

Instructor: Mrs. Green

 

Class description:

Students will learn about the ocean and creatures in it. They will learn to identify oceanic zones, and gain awareness of the creatures that inhabit each zone. Students will learn about and recognize the differences among marine mammals,
invertebrates, and fish.

Special notes:

  • Class will include occasional homework (mainly encouraging parents/children to read some books or watch educational videos about marine biology)

  • Class will include some parental involvement.

 

Syllabus:

Week 1 – ocean zones
Week 2 – marine life
Week 3 – coral reefs
Week 4 – marine invertebrates
Week 5 – fish/sharks
Week 6 – marine mammals
Week 7 – coral reef project
Week 8 – coral reef project

 

Holidays and Celebrations Around the World

Instructor: Mrs. Salebe

 

Class Description:

All Around the world, people celebrate holidays. Each holiday has a special meaning and special ways to celebrate. In this class we will explore together as we go around the world, how the different cultures experience their especial holidays through videos, crafts, recipes, music, learning geography, vocabulary and literature. Every week we will learn about the diversity of cultures and beliefs and we will use this opportunity to use the Bible and remember our identity in Jesus Christ.

Syllabus:

  • Week 1 – Birthdays around the World: Everyone has a birthday, but not all birthdays are celebrate it the same way.

  • Week 2 – Chinese New Year: For the Lunar New Year traditions we will learn how the exchanging of red envelopes containing money, setting off fireworks, playing games, eating traditional dishes, cleaning the house, and holding parades with colorful costumes is part of the celebrations.

  • Week 3 – Basanth: We will explore how in Pakistan, boys celebrate the first day of spring in the Muslim calendar with exciting kite-fighting contests and whoever keeps his kite the longest wins.

  • Week 4 –Holi: For this Hindu spring festival, we will study how people dress in green. Children then squirt each other with water pistols. They also blow colored powder on each other through bamboo pipes. Everyone gets soaked and colorful to celebrate spring.

  • Week 5 –Easter: On Easter, will be a great opportunity for us to share how Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and we will see what other cultures do to celebrate this important holiday.

  • Week 6 — Diwali: Is one of Indias biggest festival. It is a festival of lights and Hindus celebrate it with joy. We will learn how people prepare for this festival by lighting up their houses and shops with small cup-shaped oil lamp made of baked clay.

  • Week 7 – O-Bon: Japanese people keep the memory of their ancestors alive with a festival held during the summer called O-Bon. People put lit candles in lanterns and float them on rivers and seas. They also visit and clean the graves of those who have died.  people light giant bonfires. For this holiday we will discuss verse John 3:16.

  • Week 8 –Christmas: People celebrate this Christian holiday by going to church, giving gifts, and sharing the day with their families. But many other countries have different way of celebrating, we will explore their traditions and discuss the real meaning of Christmas.

Books + Beautiful Creations

Instructor: Mrs. Esbrandt

Class Description:

Students will listen to a classic book and then complete a craft related to the book while discussing the important aspects of the story. Using a variety of art supplies (play doh, paint, glue, glitter, sponges, popsicle sticks, paper bags etc.) kids will make a “beautiful creation” to help them remember the story and to add to their collections of created things.

Syllabus:

Week 1 – “Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn Buehner

Week 2 – “A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon” by Audrey Penn

Week 3 – “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems

Week 4 – “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney

Week 5 – “Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss 

Week 6 – “Pete the Cat” by Eric Litwin

Week 7 – “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake” by Laura Numeroff

Week 8 – “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister

 

 

Crafts from the Past

Instructor: Mrs. Wright

Class Description:

Learn about American history through fun, hands-on crafts! We will mostly have pioneer-themed crafts, with some colonial and Native American crafts.

Syllabus:

Week 1 –Native American craft

Week 2 –Colonial craft

Week 3 –Pioneer craft- hornbook and butter

Week 4 –Pioneer craft- pioneer toys

Week 5 –Pioneers

Week 6 –Pioneers- edible covered wagon craft

Week 7 –Orville and Wilbur Wright craft

Week 8 –Pioneers- ice cream

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