Collaboration in Grade 1
The students in Mrs. Ashby’s eighth grade Spanish class have begun working with their first grade partners to create their own Aztec legends.
The first graders have been learning about the native people in Mexico, and their influences around the world from their culture, foods, to artistic talents. They learned that many legends were handed down from generation to generation to try to explain the world around them. They learned about hieroglyphics that were used to tell a story often written in caves.
Last week the partners started creating their own legends by using the writing process, and have been adding adjectives to describe their nouns and changing their verbs to be more interesting. The first graders will write their tales in English while the eighth graders type the text in English and translate them into Spanish.
The culminating project will be an iMovie. The first graders will read aloud the English version and the eighth graders will read it in Spanish. The first graders just loved working with their new amigos and collaborating to create a new Aztec legend.
During their study of Mexico, the first graders learned about the different habitats in that country. They learned about the layers of a rainforest, the animals, plants and why we should help save them for the environment. Instead of the teachers standing up in front of the classroom stating the facts, they used the “flipped teaching” model.
The children worked together to research each topic by using literature, and scanning QR codes which brought them to video links that gave them information. Each day during the week, the groups shared their findings and taught one another about rainforests.
As a culminating project, the students collaborated to make an interactive mural, which has recording of their findings on QR codes for others to learn about as they pass through the hallway.