Last week the grade 1 and 2 class from Busby School flew to Saskatoon.
Ok, the class didn’t actually fly to Saskatoon, but they did simulate a trip to Saskatoon as part of a Social Studies unit in their combined grade 1 and 2 class.
As the students came in from recess, they were each handed a boarding pass. They checked in at the gate (Mrs. H. was sitting at a table outside the classroom), and then they boarded the plane (the classroom had been set up to look like the rows inside an airplane). Once everyone was seated, they watched a safety demo on the SMART board and then they watched a video, shot from the cockpit of an aircraft, as they taxied down the run way and took off.
Once the video showed that the aircraft had reach cruising altitude, Mrs. Felske turned off the SMART board and the students enjoyed a snack onboard the aircraft. As they ate, they discussed the things they already knew about Saskatoon and what they might learn about the city’s geography, history, people, and businesses once they arrived.
In preparation for their trip, the class had researched information on the climate and current weather conditions in Saskatoon. They had also located Saskatoon on the map and discussed different modes of transportation that they could use to get there. They had created a list of things they would need to pack for their trip, and they had learned a bit about some of the attractions and sites that they might be able to see once they arrived.
When their snacks were done, they returned their seatbacks and tray tables to the upright position and prepared to land in Saskatoon. The SMART board came back on and the students watched another video, shot from the cockpit of a plane, showing their decent into the city. Upon arrival, the students exited the aircraft and made their way to a special classroom (their own room now reorganized to included work tables) where they will be spending the next few weeks learning all about the city they are visiting. While they are away, they will be sending letters and postcards back home telling their friends and family all about their experiences and the things they are learning. It sounds like such an exciting adventure.
The grade 1 and 2 class in Fort Assiniboine is also set to make a trip to Saskatoon this year. And I hear that both classes will visit Iqaluit and the community of Meteghan in Nova Scotia early on in 2016 as well. I look forward to reading the letters and postcards they write and hearing about all the amazing things they learn!
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