Monday, January 28, 2019

I Have a Dream, First Grade Style

We got out our People Colors crayons and discovered that each one of us have a different shade of skin color. 

May it be true of this generation: 

"Let us join hands and work together with love."

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Presenting Our Favorites: Gerald and Piggie, Frog and Toad

It was a wonderful Winter Performance put on by the Seabury lower school. 

The first grade Navigators enacted several of their favorite story books including Mo Willems' Gerald and Piggie stories and Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad stories.

Piggie and Gerald made great MC's. 

Piggie and Gerald played ball with whale 
from the book A Big Guy Took My Ball!

"Gerald!!!! A big guy took my ball. Can you get it back?"
"Here I go! Let's see how big this big guy is!"

The big guy is a whale!

"EXCUSE ME! Thank you for finding my little ball." 

This is Toad from the Frog and Toad books.

"No one has ever sent me a letter. 
Every day my mailbox is empty."

The narrators

 Narrator 1: "Frog and Toad sat on the porch, feeling sad together."
Narrator 2: "Frog hurried home."
Narrator 3: "He found a pencil and piece of paper."
Narrator 4: "He wrote on the paper."

Frog: "I have sent you a letter!"
Toad: "You have? What did you write in the letter?"
Frog: "I wrote, 'Dear Toad, I am glad that you are my best friend. Your Best Friend, Frog.'"
Toad: "Oh, that makes a very good letter."
Narrator: "Then Frog and Toad went out onto the front porch to wait for the mail."

The kids chose the books, wrote the script, made their costumes and props in MakerSpace, and memorized their lines. Then they spoke loud enough for a large amount of people to hear in a very large auditorium.

Another memorable, unique, entertaining, student-created performance in the books!

Well done, Navigators!!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Hour of Code: First Graders Teach Teacher About Coding!

What's the big hoopla over Minecraft? Coding!

 In typical fashion, a first grade teacher of gifted students has a lot to learn from her students. Such was the case when the Seabury School first graders joined millions of students in over 180 countries for Hour of Code activities. 

This young student intuitively mastered Dance Party

She became the expert and all came to her for advice. 

 This is what a coding program looks like.

 We spent over a week playing with "Hour of Code" activities. 
Some students choose to continue to learn during our Friday afternoon Genius Hour. 
This program is called Code Spark Academy.
Minecraft is very popular at Seabury. 

Frozen is popular, too. 

These kids have been using Kodables since Pre-K!

"They say that these kids will be doing jobs that haven't been invented yet. Hour of Code makes me a believer!"
                                            ~Mrs. Towne, First Grade Teacher

Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass

What's inside that strange looking building in Tacoma? The Museum of Glass's hot shop and lots of cool glass art!! ...