igniting a new spark

RoyThompsonHallIt has been quite a while since my last post and a lot has been happening in Grade 1. We have been looking at different materials and how they are used to build structures. Last month, the students enjoyed listening to the symphony at Roy Thompson Hall. They were intrigued by the surrounding buildings but especially by the shape of Roy Thompson Hall and of course, the CN Tower. The next day, we had some interesting discussion about what they noticed about the buildings. The students talked about the glass and the shapes they saw.  We had also begun to discuss different materials that objects are made from. So how did all this lead to a food truck? One of the ways children were invited to create a structure was at the studio using strips of paper.

amusement park sculptures

During our debrief, student after student shared that they created an amusement park. They were excited to describe their structures – waterslides, rollercoasters, and bumper cars were the most popular. In response to their interest, they were encouraged to research what else they could find at an amusement park. Take a close look at the picture.

researching amusement park

food truck

During the next sharing circle, students shared what they found out about amusement parks.  “O” shared the food truck. Co-incidentally, the students were in the process of co-constructing a restaurant for the dramatic play area. Several of them asked if they could make a food truck instead.  We took a survey and it was unanimous. And so begun the planning and construction of the food truck which I post in a subsequent entry.

3 thoughts on “igniting a new spark

  1. I love your ideas… They really inspire me. I, like you taught the first 3 years of ELKP and are currently in grade 1. I was put there to help bridge that gap between the grades and to work in inquiry and some aspects of play into my program. Within my board, district school board of Niagara, I am currently in a K to 2 CIL focusing on this. I practice some of the Reggio philosophies. Is it possible to come visit your class for the day to watch and perhaps pick your brain a bit? You seem so much farther ahead than me.
    Tracey Orlando

  2. Pingback: uncovering curriculum with help from the food truck | crayons, wands & building blocks

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