Collaboration is a learning skill that all grade one students work on throughout the year. Working and communicating with different partners and small groups takes lots of patience.
Teachers help students navigate any problems or conflicts as they arise. They arrange for students to work with different classmates throughout the year to practice communicating and collaborating.
In Social Studies, students started creating maps with a partner. Each group created a community map and presented it to the class.
The class had so much fun creating their communities that we decided to work all together to create one community. Each student chose a specific community helper to research. They also needed to make the community building each helper worked at. The ER doctor built a hospital, while the principal and teacher made a school and playground together.
|Student||Zev||Delilah||Rachel||Levi||Ilay||Aliyah & Maia||Miles||Nate||Emma|
|Community Helper||Vet||Vet||Postmaster||Farmer||Chef & Restaurant Owner||Teacher & Principal||Policeman||Firefighter||ER Doctor|
|Community Building||Animal Hospital||Animal Shelter||Post Office||Barn&Farm||Restaurant||School & Playground||Police Station||Fire Station||Hospital|
The students researched and wrote about their community helper’s role and responsibilities. They presented their findings to the class. They designed and created community buildings. Together they decided on symbols for the map key and worked on mapping the 3D community.
The collaboration I have seen over the last few weeks has been terrific. The children have been so supportive and encouraging with each other. Best of all, the children had so much fun.