We wanted to find out what would happen when we put, flour, salt, rock salt, table salt, hot water, and cold water on a ice orb. The first and second graders documented their observations and we will further discuss it tomorrow. They loved it when the rock salt was visibly sinking into the ice and they heard cracking noises.
Even though we took a week off because of the half day, it was amazing how much everyone improved on their second try. It was much easier to get everyone's skates and helmets on since they could do most of it on their own. The first graders were so much more confident. The second graders are old pros now since most of them went last year and with their families.
I brought anyone that normally is at ski runners when we ice skate, ice skating on Tuesday. It was fun even though we only had recess time to skate. It was a beautiful sunny day.
As the note from Mr. Farnsworth said, we are starting a program called "Changing Perspectives".
From their web-site : http://cpne.org/
"Welcome to Changing PerspectivesChanging Perspectives is a not for profit organization which provides disability awareness programs in schools. We develop curriculum and provide on going educator trainings.
Changing Perspectives engages students in open dialogue and real world experiences in an effort to promote disability awareness and foster inclusive communities."
We spent a lot of time last week talking about empathy, reading books about empathy, and watching videos. Each student wrote what he/she thought empathy was or meant. Some applied it to his/her own lives.
This week, I read about dyslexia and learning disabilities. We discussed how everyone has something that is easy for them and things that may be more difficult for them. They wrote about what was easy for themselves and then they wrote about something that was difficult for them.
We also had each second grader partner with a first grader to help his/her read a book. It was fantastic. The second graders were patient, empathetic, and extremely helpful.
While many of our 1st and 2nd grade friends were busy learning how to ski, we were learning how to ice skate. We all agreed that perseverance was the key to being a better ice skater! Many of us had never ice skated before and by the end were staying up and even turning. Thanks to Jamie McHugh and Penny Lewis for helping to tie the many skates and keeping the students motivated.