Our 1st graders in Pöllönkangas school have 4th graders as their friendship class. We have been doing many nice things together. The 4th graders have also helped the 1th grade students in learning different things like signing into our computers and other ICT issues.
A couple of weeks ago we had a lesson together again. We played a nice game together which had been created by 1st grade students and their teachers. There was a gameboard for every group and the 1st grade students had invented different functional and sporty task cards for the game.
The year 1 and year 4 students made pairs to play together in groups. In one group there were three or four pairs. Pair threw the dice and then they moved on a gameboard as many times as the dice showed. If you stopped in a place where there was a star in the square you had to turn a card with a task to do with your pair. The tasks included: Tickle your teachers toes, do jumping jacks 10 times, do the floss dance with your pair, jump with one leg, make an yoga position and so on. The winner was the pair who got to the end of the game board first.
If the students had time, after the first round they played another round so that the whole group made the tasks which the cards showed.
Looking forward to next time to do something nice with our lovely friendship classes!
Teachers from the Run, Jump, Learn! project received a ton of ideas from their training in Bäckskolan, Kisa. We were quick to start using these ideas in our own schools. Here’s an adaptation of one of the outdoor lesson games we learned. Year 1 students in Pöllönkangas School really enjoyed this activity! Here’s how we played.
Pupils work in pairs or threes. Each pair collects 10-15 pine cones from the school yard and place them between the players. Pupils take turns to take away one or two cones at a time. The pupil who has to take the last one loses.
We try to make lessons as active as possible at Plascrug. Here the Year 1 pupils are learning the story of ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by acting it out on a journey around the school grounds. At the end of the journey the pupils could tell the story on their own!
Year 1 is learning writing skills. This week we were learning to master the sounds g, nk and ng. One of the activities we carried out was a treasure hunt. The teacher placed cards with g/nk/ng-words around the gym hall. Pupils had a treasure hunt sheet where to write the words. They we able to select a place for themselves and their sheet of paper. When the activity started, the kids ran to a word, read it, memorized the spelling and ran back to their answer sheets to write the words.
A very simple but a very motivating activity! We had great fun!
We took inspiration from the pancake races in Spain and Sweden today and held an Easter Games event! Pupils from Year 1 (ages 5 and 6) took part in egg and spoon races, egg rolling, an egg toss and a hunt the egg game using cones. They had to find and collect the eggs in their team’s colour and leave the rest. The winners were those who collected the most!
Two teams are given two different numbers. There are six different math problems for each of the numbers. These calculations are written on plates which are located face down on the floor.
First member of both teams start at the same time, they run to the play area and turn a plate of their choice, and calculate the sum/difference/multiplication/division. If that matches with their target number, they can keep the plate and return to their team and send next team member to continue. If number does not match, they leave the plate on floor face down and return to their team and next member continues. The team which has found all 6 plates matching their result, is the winner.