Well, report cards are done; the Christmas concert has been performed and we're in the midst of Christmas holidays now, so here's my next blog post going back a month or two with the content...
As part of my unit on Our Local Community we also did some work on our natural resources. As an introduction to this topic, we watched the following video: Natural Resources. My friend Kathy Stahl and I found a neat idea "Eric Carle" book idea for this specific project in this Landforms book. A different colour of construction paper was selected for each of the natural resources: yellow - sun, light blue - air, grey - animals, green - plants, brown, minerals, black soil and dark blue - water. We simply changed the topic to natural resources. Since I have a younger group of students (mostly grade 1) I created a cloze captions for each of the natural resources. The students filled in however we use each natural resource and illustrated them.
Needs of Living Things
To connect our science unit of Growth and Changes in Animals to Our Local Community, the students each selected either a wild of domestic animal from our area and created a flip book describing how it meets its needs. The idea came from this link on Basic Needs. A song is used to introduce the topic.