Grades 1 and 2: Theme: My World and Others

1st Grade Theme Book: A Day at the Greenhill Farm


1st Grade Official Supplemental Books for A Day at the Greenhill Farm


1st Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with A Day at the Greenhill Farm? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.

Technology Ideas

  • Use Skype and a webcam to connect and compare communities with a partner Adventist class: If you're rural, find a suburban/urban class and teach them. If you're area is suburban/urban, find a rural class and learn about farm living. To find a class, think of teachers you know, or look at the wiki contributors list.
  • Find a partner class in a different location (more south, or more north). Plant seeds at the same time. Take pictures each day/week of the seeds growing. Connect with your partner class via Skype a few times to discuss the results. Or share the results on a partner class wiki.
  • Have students find pictures in Pixie, KidPix, or Tuxpaint and create a page (or slideshow, or class slideshow) with various growing things in nature that God created. Students could make a digital "Jesus made" book.
  • Use concept mapping software (Kidspiration or SmartBoard's SmartIdeas) to make a venn diagram comparing the barn cat to the Greenhill farm cat as a class. Have students brainstorm what else they can compare to either cat and then make their own diagrams.
  • Have students create rhyming riddles like the ones in the Blackline Masters and then connect to another class with Skype and see if the other class can solve the riddles.
  • Have students work in pairs to create alliteration poems and share them with another class via Skype.
  • If you have standards-based videoconferencing (H.323, Polycom, etc.), connect to the Camden Children's Garden for one of their programs on plants and gardens.
  • Create a classroom book. Have students type on the computer "God made many things. Something God made that I like to eat is _." Then print off the pages and have students illustrate their own page.
  • Grow Romaine lettuce using a hydroponic AeroGarden in your classroom. Begin eating it in just 3-4 weeks!
  • Grow an amaryllis in your classroom. Use a digital camera to document its rapid growth (about 1-2 inches a day.) Print and use pictures for a lesson in sequencing.
  • Make a graph with students' pets and/or with their favorite farm animal. Use Graph Club or online Create a Graph. Ask students questions about the graph: How many? How many more? How many less? Which? Have them generate questions about the graph too.
  • Create a class slideshow with stories of answered prayer from the classroom and students.
  • Have students work in pairs at the computer to write a rebus story in KidPix, Pixie, or TuxPaint. Encourage them to use a pattern.
  • Use Skype to connect to an Adventist school in another country. Find out what kind of bread (and other foods) they eat. What do their farms look like? What animals live on their farm? What else can you learn about them?
  • Create a digital scrapbook, slideshow or multimedia presentations with digital pictures of them treating animals kindly.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation using the vocabulary words. Add interesting facts about each word that others may not know.

Websites



"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Spend a day at a local farm-an extra bonus if it has a petting zoo!

Lesson Plans


Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.



2nd Grade Theme Book: Cactus Hotel


2nd Grade Official Supplemental Books for Cactus Hotel

  • The Bible Story, Volume 2 by Arthur S. Maxwell. Review & Herald Publishing Association, 1994.
  • International Children’s Bible, New Century Version. Word Publishing, 1988.
  • Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus by Barbara Bash. Gibbs Smith, 2002.
  • The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliland. William Morrow & Co., Inc., 1995.
  • Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles and Patricia Miles Martin. Little, Brown & Co., 1985.
  • Mojave by Diane Siebert. HarperCollins Children’s Books Trophy, 1992.

2nd Grade Other Supplemental Books

What other books do you use with Cactus Hotel? Please share here. This could include books for students or teacher resource books.

Technology Ideas

  • Use Skype and a webcam to connect and compare regions with a partner Adventist class. What regions of the U.S. or Canada are different than yours? Find a class in that area. To find a class, think of teachers you know, or look at the wiki contributors list.
  • Students could create one slide pages about a desert animal in KidPix, Pixie or Tuxpaint. Then you could assemble the slides together into a slideshow.
  • Create a KWL chart in Kidspiration or another concept mapping tool. Have students share what they already know about deserts. Add to it as a class daily.
  • Look at a world map together as a class (maybe even Google Earth?). Identify where the deserts are. Then look at Adventist World Radio's coverage map and see if the gospel is being preached to these desert regions. As a class, pray for the gospel to be shared in these remote regions. If designed, use these banners to print for your praying for the desert bulletin board.
  • Use Skype and a webcam to connect weekly to compare weather with a class living in a desert area. Share your weather charts; discuss what you do in the different weather conditions. Compare notes on your communities.
  • Have students write their own Desert Riddles. Use Skype to connect to another class and share your Desert Riddles? See if the other class can guess. Have them share theirs with you.
  • Create a vocabulary Powerpoint like this one: by Donna Meador
  • Have students illustrate in KidPix a special day when they had a secret to share, like Ahmed. Assemble into a class slideshow.
  • Have students write and illustrate their own poem about a landscape (the desert or otherwise).

Websites

  • Sonoran Desert Kids: Resources, printables, and more for learning about the desert.
  • 42Explore: Deserts: For students to learn about deserts.
  • Deserts USA: Learn about minerals and geology, animals, plants, and more.
  • Go to the Desert Museum to see the animals of the Sonoran Desert during daytime and night. When you roll your mouse over the desert creatures in the picture, you learn facts about them.
  • Grand Canyon Tourist takes you to links about animals, plants and weather in the desert.
  • Many people are frightened by bats unnecessarily. This website gives interesting information to help us understand the importance of bats.
  • What Can You Do in the Desert? by Karin Lebo
  • Have students choose a desert animal to research. Use Google or Bing to find a copyright-friendly picture. Save the picture into a folder on the computer. Open a file with Word, Publisher, Power Point, or Open Office. Insert the picture into the file, create a title, and add three to five sentences about the animal that they have learned from library books or websites such as this one.
  • All about the Saguaro Cactus, including a little video!
  • Get to know all about the Palo Verde Trees. Palo Verde
  • Saguaro Cactus Fact Sheet

"In Real Life" Ideas

Non-technology ideas, field trips, author/expert visits, community resources and ideas, etc.
  • Add them here

Lesson Plans

  • Class written lesson plans will be added here.

Learning Center Plans

  • Class written learning center plans will be added here.

Credit: This page was developed for the AVLN online class, Integrating Technology with Pathways. Class participants contribute to the wiki. Please join the next session of the class if you would like to contribute and receive notifications when this wiki is updated. Requests to join the wiki will only be accepted by class participants. Or, if you would like to contribute without taking the class, you can send updates or ideas to janine@avln.org.