Mrs. Taylor's class

1st Grade Summer School

Session 2: Week 1 Amazing Animals

June 19-22

Team builder time!

Animal Camouflage

*We talked about animals blending in with their environment and how they do that for their survival.

*After reading A Color of His Own and The Mixed Up Chameleon, we cut out a chameleon and chose a piece of scrapbook paper for the background. We glued it on and then colored the chameleon to match the background so it would be camouflaged!

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What if you had animal teeth?

*We listened to the book What if you had Animal Teeth? then created a self portrait with animal teeth.

*We also listened to the book What if you had Animal Hair? and What if you had Animal Feet? We talked about what these different body parts do for the animal, and how they help the animal survive.

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What if you had Animal feet?

*We listened to the book What if you had Animal Feet? and talked about how that part of their body helps them to move and why they need to move for their survival.

*We made salt dough by mixing 1 c. salt, 2 c. flour and 1 c. water. We flattened it out and made an animal track in the dough.

Beak Challenge

*We discussed how different animals use parts of their body to get food to survive.

*Students were challenged to use different types of "beaks" to pick up food. We then discussed which type of beak was the easiest to use.

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Using spoons and straws as a "beak" to pick up different foods: beans, gummy bears in water, gummy bears in sugar, and jumbo marshmallows.

What does animal blubber do?

*We talked about how blubber keeps an animal warmer while swimming in the water. Animals like polar bears, seals, and walruses have blubber.

*We did an experiment with Crisco inside of a baggie. (Turn one baggie inside out and put the Crisco in it, then put inside another baggie. When you put your hand in, it will not be messy!) We put our hand inside and put it in a bowl of ice cold water. We learned the hand without "blubber" could not last as long in the ice water!

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*We continue to work on addition and subtraction strategies. For addition, we are working on: memorizing doubles, using near doubles, making 10, punching the higher part and counting on. For subtraction we are working on: counting backwards or punching the part and counting up to the whole. They are getting good at verbalizing which strategy they are using!


*We continue to read shorts text about animals and then find the main topic and supporting details. We are learning that the details are true facts about the main topic and not opinions or the sentences that ask the reader a question.