Our first grade students focus on community, learning what a community is and does while they themselves become members of the Lower School community. Through the amazing experience of participating in a community helper play, students combine their growing knowledge of community with the art of performance, music speaking.
Students learn the many facets of what it takes to build and service a community. They study the community roles of banks, grocery stores, public services, medical facilities, entertainment, emergency workers, schools, shopping, and much more. They experience many of these types of establishments first hand through fields trips in our local communities of Newnan and Peachtree City.
Students experience “traveling” through the community on “Transportation Day.” The “tools of the trade” unit allows them to interview and use their speech abilities to research their parents’ jobs. Science is incorporated through studying the community’s weather as well as examining animals and their habitats as another type of community. Students’ vocabulary is enriched through learning about weather and animals. Students get to see the habitats and communities of animals up close during one of their favorite field trips to the Atlanta Zoo.
The culminating activity for first grade’s community is the creation of “Box City.” The students use their cumulative knowledge and problem solving skills to create and engineer an entire community in the classroom. This activity requires collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking, which are the 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning.