During our first days together, we do many things that allow us to work together, get to know each other, learn and practice routines and procedures, and also just have fun. One thing we did that was a big hit was a nature scavenger hunt! We are lucky to have an amazing naturescape in our backyard (which was recently made over to allow us even more natural places to play and learn!), and so it was the perfect place to go!
Kiddos were put in small groups of 4, and then we gave them a job to do and a bag in which to collect their finds.
We were blessed to have 4 adults with us during this time, and so we had lots of eyes on each group as we explored. It was pretty much up to each team where they went and they could fulfill the categories of the hunt in whatever way they chose. It was fun to see how many different leaves they found, how many “circles” there were in the woods and also what teams considered “treasures!”
Perhaps the best part of the hunt, though, was when we found something we weren’t even looking for:
Can you see it? There’s a friend in there….
Here, look again. With some help from some first grade fingers:
Yes! We found a turtle! He was walking right there across the path, and thanks to the eagle eyes of Jeremiah we got to see him! It was really hard not to touch and prod and want to pick him up (we didn’t–we left him in his home there), but we did the right thing and just watched as he walked and enjoyed the surprise visit! 🙂
What a fantastic morning outside!
Our class has been working with nonfiction text in a variety of meaningful ways. Last week we took a walk around Robinson to see how many examples of nonfiction writing we could find. We gathered a list of what we found, and talked about the purposes of these different texts. Besides being really great detectives, I was uber-impressed with how my Rm. 202 friends were able to go on a 20 MINUTE walk through the hallways without bothering anyone’s learning! That is definitely an example of following the Robinson Road Rule of Respecting Others, and only happened because everyone was being gritty. WAY TO GO, 1ST GRADE FRIENDS!
Check out our adventure with some pictures. 🙂
Landen works hard to add to his nonfiction text list on a post it after he finds something in the hallway.
Ella Marie led our super-silent first grade line down the 4th grade hall as we began our hunt.
We stopped at the end of each hallway so that friends could record what they saw.
The 5th grade hallway had a WEALTH of interesting nonfiction text.
Peyton stops to write a note about a diorama he saw in the 5th grade hall.
This nonfiction writing helped us celebrate Veteran’s Day and was found outside the gym. Besides the title, all of those flags have words to patriotic songs on them.
Kindergarten was using nonfiction in a really meaningful way! They lost something important and needed help in finding it. Update: Their flag was found and returned to them! I bet they’re glad they wrote that news flash!
Stay tuned for more ways that we’re working on understanding nonfiction texts as both readers and writers. What an important genre to read, write and dig into as first graders (and way beyond that!).