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First grade goes global
First grade has been working very hard to "go global" this school year at Hemby Bridge Elementary! In the beginning of the school year, first graders learned about immigrants and located countries on world maps to see where other people may live and from where they may move. Students also learned about environmental globalization through the study of recycling. The students learned to pick up trash, to keep the environment clean, and to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Students and their families are encouraged to extend these activities at home.
Many of the first grade students wrote letters to soldiers for Veteran's Day to say thank you for all of their hard work and for protecting our country so we can be free. The letters were sent overseas for the soldiers to enjoy.
In December, first grade classes learned about different countries around the world and holidays and celebrations that are important to their cultures. They discussed the similarities and differences between Christmas, Hanukkah, Holi, Kwanzaa, and Vesak, as well as comparing and contrasting the Chinese New Year to New Year’s celebration in The United States of America.
The global focus has continued as first graders recently learned how our world has changed over the years due to improvements with technology. The hope of our first grade teachers is that students understand global topics and develop an appreciation for other communities, cultures, and countries across the world. This will ensure that the children are 21st century learners and that they will be more prepared for college and for the work force in the future.
Written by: Sara Ison, First Grade Teacher
Posted: Jan 23, 2013 by Betsy Ziskind