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Honey Bunches of Notes May

During our current thematic unit “How the World Works” children are developing the following understandings: * The world is a system.               * They are part of many interconnected systems: family, culture, time, etc. * When something happens in one part of the world, it affects other parts of  the world system. * Improving one […]

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Honey Bunches of Notes April

In “How My Community Works” students continue to learn about the science and economics of the food system through the example of bread. Based on their interests, students chose to be in one of four groups that will teach the rest of the class about what happens in each part of the system: farm, factory, […]

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Honey Bunches of Notes March

One of the tools we use to teach is song! Singing helps us remember facts and concepts and is just plain fun. Every year each of our theme units has a song stanza to accompany it and present the theme concepts we’ll be studying during that unit. This year’s song is How Things Work (sung […]

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Honey Bunches of Notes February

The “How My Community Works” section of our theme work continues with a Food Systems unit of study. During this unit students will be working to develop the following understandings: Understand that my community is a system. Understand that I am part of many interconnected systems: community, economic, food, farming, etc. Understand that when something […]

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Honey Bunches of Notes January

We’ve begun our next theme unit: “How My Community Works”. This unit includes a unit on Fairness and a unit on Food Systems. The understandings we wish for students to develop through How My Community Works are: • Understand that my community is a system • Understand that I am part of many interconnected systems: […]

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Honey Bunches of Notes December

Our How Things Work theme for the year continues in each K-1 classroom. We’ve continued our discussion of rules and responsibilities and fairness. The children have been further practicing their problem-solving skills with I-Statements and S.O.S. and have discussed just what fairness means here at school. We define fairness in the following way for the […]

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Honey Bunches of Notes November

We will soon begin our second theme unit, How My School Works. The verse of our theme song that corresponds to this next unit is as follows and can be sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:   How my school works at Honey Creek We problem solve and act responsibly Being fair, […]

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Honey Bunches of Notes October

Early Elementary classrooms are off to a great start. This year, our theme is “How Things Work.”  We will use this theme to help our students develop an understanding of what systems are, how they work, and how one part of a system affects the rest of the system. We call this “teaching for understanding” […]

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