In Our Classrooms: November 2017

In Our Classrooms: November 2017
Posted on 11/13/2017
field trip photo5th Grade Thompson Island Trip was the BEST!
On October 10th and 11th, the fifth grade enjoyed our annual overnight trip to Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor. For many students, it was an adventure full of firsts: their first boat ride, their first time staying away from home, and definitely their first time climbing a 62-foot tall wooden tower! We were delighted to see our students taking risks, looking out for each other, exploring the island ecosystem, and making new friends. As one student put it, "Thompson Island was the best field trip in my field trip history!" Thanks to the Friends of Graham & Parks and all the families who contributed to make our journey successful.

Hollis Watkins Visit

Hollis Watkins, Civil Rights icon and veteran of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, speaks to fifth graders in the auditorium. Mr. Watkins shared stories of his lifelong crusade for racial justice and human rights.

2nd Grade SEI students in Room 222 worked with Jennifer Lavalle, G&P’s Technology Instructor to practice mapping skills with robots! Students used these robots, called Beebots, to practice giving directions, identifying coordinates on a map and using cardinal directions!

dogwood studyNature Study

First graders in Room 111 have been learning about trees and plants. Students have taken nature walks, have had many experiences in the garden, have studied roots, leaves, bark, branches and seeds and have learned about the function and importance of each part of a tree or plant for its survival. Students did a case study of the Dogwood tree that is outside our classroom on our patio. They sketched, and then added color, to create beautiful observational drawings of the Dogwood tree. Next, students learned about the many varieties of trees around the school. They created a "bird’s eye view” map of Graham and Parks, figured out where each tree is and then each child chose one of these trees to study in depth. First graders created a large map that includes an observational drawing of the tree each child studied and a written description saying why that tree is “nice” and important and whether it is on the North, South, East or West side of the school or courtyard. First graders presented this work, as well as other tree and plant projects, to their families at a Family Breakfast on October 25. The breakfast ended with a presentation of songs about trees and a demonstration of tree yoga poses set to a poem the children had written together. Please stop by Room 111 to see our beautiful and scientific work!
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