The first grade really enjoyed studying fire safety in health. This sparked the question, “What do I do if there is a fire in the community?” To answer this question we invited the fire chief from Amherst Fire Department. After visiting with him, we took this knowledge to Amherst Public Library to see if the safety measures we discussed were put in place there. We also visited Polly’s Classic Touch and talked with Mrs. Wilhelm about what measures she has in place at her business. We passed the information we learned on to the fourth grade who created fire safety videos.
This past week at SJS our 1st grade class read the book “The Biggest Pumpkin Ever” by Steven Kroll. We wrote about what they would do if they had the biggest pumpkin ever in English. As many young minds do, they had a wealth of curiosity about this subject. On Flex Friday they took on the challenge! 1st graders began with the question, “What is the largest pumpkin on recored and what can I learn from it?” The Students started their research by finding the weight of the largest pumpkin in the world, in North America and in Ohio, all while gaining some Social Studies knowledge along the way. They then examined the life cycle of a pumpkin and what it would take to grow a giant pumpkin. Later, students put pumpkins through a series of tests, using Math & Science skills. The 1st grade students at SJS gained an immense amount of knowledge through this cross-curricular project all while building a love for learning.