Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November 28th, 2018

This week, we learned all about our community, members within our community, and being community helpers ourselves.

We learned about being doctors...

dentists...

firefighters...

and police officers.

Going back to the beginning of the unit, we first learned about emergencies and 9-1-1.  Practicing with several types of phones, we got used to accessing the right screen (using the emergency bypass for a locked phone), finding the right numbers, and explaining what our emergency was.

We also definitely learned that 9-1-1 was for emergencies only and even had a song about
"9-1-1...it's not for fun."



Then we met our first emergency worker and our first guest of the unit, Police Officer Dan.





Throughout this unit, we also created our town Sacred Heart...

with special A-G parking spots.

We played community helper BINGO...

and got really excited when we won.

Then, we got to meet with our next emergency worker, Firefighter Corey!

He showed us that, even though a fully dressed firefighter might look scary and have alarms that are loud, there's no reason to be frightened.


Afterwards, we all played in our firefighter helmets.

Later that morning, we had our next visit from Chef Michael.  He came this day just to help us cook our first Stand Up For Kids meal; three trays of gourmet macaroni and cheese to feed 25  homeless adolescents.

As the macaroni boiled, the kids watched in anticipation.


Finally, they got to help prepare the trays.

On these Thursdays, we'll prepare the meal in class.  Then, in the evening, my children and I will deliver it to the Stand Up For Kids shelter downtown.  Thank you so much for everyone who donated ingredients for the macaroni and cheese!  It was devoured this night!


This unit, we built green Gg's...

played with Gg's on the interactive whiteboard...

practiced writing green Gg's...

and wrote them in pencil.

We also painted what we want to be when we grow up.


Our next guest was retired Master Sergeant Strum who talked about the Marine Corps and the importance of Veteran's Day.

Then we got to talk with Nurse Amy about how she helps patients.

Hanging out with Engineer Maria was next where we learned that engineers help solve problems.

This was so inspiring that we used this concept during our Thanksgiving lessons.  Learning about the pilgrim's troubled voyage on the Mayflower...


we identified some of the problems the passengers experienced.

Then, we collaboratively brainstormed ideas on how to solve these problems, coming up with several drafts.

Finally, we broke into teams so that we could design our own ship - the Mayflower 2.0 - addressing the original ship's flaws.

This one has balancing "wings" to prevent the ship from rocking so much and making passengers seasick.

and a flag!

This one has propellers to speed up the voyage.  An extension to the ship also increased it's size to better accommodate the number of pilgrims traveling to the Americas.

And, finally, this ship was built with a skyscraper so that passengers could enjoy the luxury of individual apartments while sailing the open seas.

Nailed it! 
If only KP-2 could have put in a bid for the Mayflower Compact.

Then, we celebrated Thanksgiving together.


After Thanksgiving break, we had our last classroom visit for the Community Helpers unit with Dr. Suarez.

Then, it was time to close out the unit with a walking field trip to see the community in action.

We first stopped at The Lazy Hummingbird for some hot chocolate.

Then, we went to the library where librarian Matt read us a few stories.


Next, we stopped at OB Elementary to say hi to kindergarten teacher, Ms. Stewart, and a few Sacred Heart alumni.


Afterwards, we had snack and a break at the park.


Finally, we got a chance to tour the OB People's Co-Op with Grocer Jamie (which was SO much fun)!
It was a good, good month!  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to Officer Dan, Firefighter Corey, Master Sergeant Strum, Nurse Amy, Engineer Maria, and Doctor Suarez.  We couldn't have had community helper month without our strong community.