By Maggie Muir, 1st Grade Teacher
Last week, the 1st grade students simulated a "day in the life" at their sister school. The students followed the schedule of their sister school beginning with independent study. As students arrived in the morning they were able to research any topic of interest using an iPad and recording their facts on a bubble web. To begin the day, they translated basic English sayings to Mandarin characters including hello, thank you, and goodbye. The students learned about other Mandarin characters in the book The Pet Dragon by Christoph Niemann.
Next, the 1st grade social studies lesson focused on learning about China's flag. The students wrote about the symbols and colors of the flag, and each child created a small flag of his or her own. During morning snack and recess time, the children were encouraged to participate in morning exercises. After snack, they participated in a geography lesson, where they went on a virtual field trip to China and explored maps of Asia.
In the afternoon, students learned to count to ten in Mandarin. True to a typical school day, the day ended with clubs and cleaning. The students were able to choose one of three rooms to visit. Each room hosted a different activity including art, games, and research. The day ended with the children organizing and cleaning each classroom in preparation for another great day!