It's hard to believe that we are in the last trimester of the school year. We will begin our study of the ocean environment and it's inhabitants. The unit was launched with a visit by instructors from Biomes who brought many interesting sea creatures to school for the children to learn about and, in some cases, touch. Materials will be borrowed from the Audubon Society and the University of Rhode Island to supplement instruction. The Sea Life Prop Box is filled with shells, books, and more and will be available in each first grade classroom for a week at a time. A field trip in June to the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol will wrap up our unit study. Children will spend the day exploring the aquarium and different habitats surrounding the building on the site. They will eat lunch then go on a guided tour of the shoreline before returning to school.
"Step Up Day" will give present first graders an opportunity to meet and spend time with Kindergarten students, sharing a glimpse of a day in a first grade classroom. Over the past three years, students and teachers have worked to create an informational booklet that will help parents and their children prepare for the new school year.
During the last week of school all first graders will participate in "Frienship Day" activities. Children will share songs, snack, and fun times together with friends made over the past year.