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A First Grade Project

The Three Bears

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The foliage of the trees was made of green construction paper, mounted on thin cardboard. The tree trunks were colored with brown crayon.

A triangular piece of cardboard was pasted on the back to enable us to make the trees stand up.

Green paper made a good representation of grass and from a narrow strip of brown we got the effect of a path through the woods to the door.

When the model was completed, the bears sent out their at home cards to supervisor, principal, and teachers in the building.

Our supervisor of drawing had designed bears and furniture for the children of the first grade to make, and I told them that they might take home all they made in school, and if any one wanted to

get a box and make a bear house at home, I would be glad to call at their house to see it and help them in the way of suggestions and material.

Suddenly a big building boom struck our district!

In a very short time we had a number of “bear houses."

under construction. Amy L. Page

The nearby stores had soon given away all their empty

boxes. NE morning our principal came to school a little

The services of fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters were earlier than usual, and finding that I had preceded sought in the building of the houses and teacher became a

her by several minutes, inquired if I had been there building inspector. all night.

One mother said that she never saw the children so I explained that our supervisor of drawing had inspired enthusiastic over anything before. me (upon her last visit to our school) and I was at rk upon a “bear house."

A little later that morning a generous donation of construction paper was received from the principal to further

AT HOME IN THE Woods the cause. An empty listerine box, which measured eight and one

AFTER APRIL 9.1921 half inches high, five inches deep, and six and three-fourths inches wide, procured at a drug store, was converted into a


By inserting a partition in the middle, it divided the space into two rooms.

THE MIDOLE - SIZED BEAR The upstairs room made the bedroom, containing the three beds. Placed in the room downstairs were the three


THE TINY BIT OF A BEAR chairs, table, and three bowls upon the table.

The two rooms were connected by stairs made of folded construction paper.

Light brown construction paper, Brown crayon margin.

Trees in green and brown. Printing in pencil. Cardboard was cut, folded and pasted to form the roof, and a bit of red paper placed in a square hole in the roof served for a chimney.

One day when father was dressing, no doubt he i issed In the cover of the box a window (the one Goldenlocks his collar stud and became very angry because he could not jumped out of) was cut, and below a door.

find it, for, of course, he never thought to look in the The wall paper was made of construction paper with a "bear house" door, where it was doing duty as a brass design drawn on it with colored crayons. The rugs or floor door knob! coverings were made in the same way.

During the building period the children were learning to Paper lace from a candy box, when pasted over the construct their own playthings, and many of them showed window, resembled real lace curtains.

power to invent and carry out ideas. Goldenlocks, the bears, and the furniture were all cut The children were asked to bring their “bear houses” to from a colored picture page in a magazine.

school on the day of the supervisor's next visit, for an When the house was finished, it of course had to have its exhibition. setting in the woods.

Many and of various sizes were the houses no two

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Dot paper with pencil through perforated pattern with holes one inch apart. Draw design or dots with crayon.
Brown and orange for downstairs room, red and green for up. For center of rug use one color over the other.

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Make several patterns of oak tag, and let pupils mark around on stiff paper and cut out. Attach back support

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Daily Helps and Suggestions for the First Four

Grades I


years old.

Effie L. Bean

I am

Wednesday Continue drill on above.

Thursday What does your father do for a living?

Teacher makes a list of the occupations mentioned, these Language

occupations to be studied in detail later on. FIRST WEEK

Friday What day is this? Monday What did you do during your summer vacao What month is this? tion? Tell us about it.

What season is beginning? Tuesday How many have been on a farm this summer? What do you do on Friday? Your mother? Your (Or to the city, as the case may be.) What did you see

father? there?

Wednesday Tell a short story or fable for reproduction. SECOND WEEK
Talk about it.
Thursday Reproduce above story.

Monday Tell the story of Bruce and the Spider. (See Friday Dramatize above story.

"Fifty Famous Stories Retold " by James Baldwin.)

Talk about the story. SECOND WEEK

Tuesday Reproduce above story.

Wednesday Tell the story of William Tell. Monday Repeat all the Mother Goose rhymes you Thursday Reproduce above. know. Dramatize as many as you have time for.

Friday Where did William Tell live? Wouldn't you Tuesday Learn a new Mother Goose rhyme.

like to learn something about Switzerland? Begin study Wednesday Tell the story of the Three Bears for

of Switzerland. reproduction.

Where is it? Thursday Reproduce above story.

What kind of a country is it? Friday Language game. Teach correct use of may

Compare it with your home? and can.

How do the people dress? THIRD WEEK

THIRD WEEK Monday Continue Friday's language game.

Monday Continue study of Switzerland.
Tuesday Memorize a new Mother Goose rhyme.

What do the people do?
Wednesday Dramatize Mother Goose rhymes.
Thursday Review Monday's language game.

Have you ever seen a goat?

Where? Describe it.
Friday What did you see on your way to school to-day?
Tell us about it.

Can you bring a picture of one to-morrow?

Are there any goats in Switzerland? FOURTH WEEK

Tuesday Plan and arrange a Switzerland sand-table.

Wednesday Continue work on sand-table. Monday Have you a pet?

Thursday Continue above.
What is it?

Friday Complete sand-table.
Where did you get it?
What does it eat?

Who cares for it?
Do you care for it regularly?

Monday Story of Androclus and the Lion. (“Fifty Tuesday Take pupils for an observation walk.

Famous Stories Retold” Baldwin.) Discuss the story. Wednesday Tell about yesterday's walk. How many

Tuesday Reproduce above story. things did you see?

Wednesday What do you know about a lion? Have Thursday Begin the study of the rabbit. Children you ever seen one? bring pictures to school. If possible have one child bring

Where? What was it doing? his pet rabbit. Discuss the general characteristics of the Why are lions kept in cages? rabbit.

Where are they free? Friday Continue study of the rabbit.

Thursday A study of the lion from pictures. Discuss What does he eat?

his appearance, habits, food, etc. What does he like best?

Friday Each pupil may be allowed to reproduce his Where does he live?

favorite story. How many different kinds of rabbits do you know? What are rabbits good for?

Nature Study

History and Geography

Monday Have you a flower garden at home? Tell me FIRST WEEK

the names of the different kinds of flowers you have. Tell Monday Where do we live? Tell me the name your us how they look, their colors, etc. Bring one flower from town or city and your state.

your garden to school to-morrow. What is your street and number or rural delivery route? Tuesday Each pupil may pass to the front of the room

Tuesday Let each child learn to give the following in- with his or her flower and describe it. formation about himself:

Wednesday Have you a pet at home? Tell us about it. My name is

Allow as many children as the time will permit to tell about I live at

(street and number) in (city their pets. and state).

Thursday Take the class out for a walk. Look for


like me.


flowers, birds, etc. Who can see the most? Allow free Example I am a tree. I grow large and strong. My discussion by the children during this observation walk. branches are very crooked and they spread very wide. Friday What did you see yesterday? Tell us about it. When I shake them queer little nuts fall. Little squirrels

Who am I? (Oak tree.)
Monday Are you happy to-day?

Does the weather make you happy? Why?

FIRST WEEK Do you like to see the sun shine? Why?

Monday Test children on counting. Individual work. Does the sun do any good by shining?

Keep a record of each child's counting ability. Tell us all you can about the sun.

Tuesday Continue individual counting. (In case the sun is not shining, postpone this lesson and Wednesday Complete counting test. substitute something else.)

Thursday Count desks, chairs, windows, etc., in the Tuesday Name all the fruits you have ever tasted. Did they grow here? Where did they grow? Note like- Friday Count the boys and girls in the room. Are nesses and differences.

there more boys or girls? How many more? Wednesday Continue above fruit study. Name fruits growing on trees.

SECOND WEEK Name fruits growing on bushes.

Monday Let each child make a heavy envelope 6x8 Name fruits growing on vines.

inches in size, in which pupils may keep cuttings, etc. Which do you like best?

Tuesday Ask children to bring small seals or pictures When are the fruits ripe?

(in colors, if possible) to school, to be used in making cards Do they grow in all seasons?

similar to domino cards, which will be used later in formal Thursday Can we eat fruit only in the summer? How

number work. is it possible to have fruit during other seasons?

Old catalogues and magazines contain many duplicate Did your mother can any fruit during the summer?

pictures which are good for this purpose. These pictures How did she do it? How was the fruit prepared?

may be cut according to directions given by the teacher.

Put these pictures in the envelopes made the previous day. Friday Name fruits which have seeds. Name fruits having a stone.

Wednesday Continue picture cutting. For variety give

each child a small pattern and a sheet of silhouette paper Name fruits growing in a cluster. Which fruits make the best jellies?

and have him cut a definite number of these silhouette What fruits can be dried?

pictures. Preserve them in above envelope. How do we dry them?

Thursday Continue picture collecting and cutting. Save.

Friday Children measure and cut several cards from

oak tag about 5x8 inches in size. Save. THIRD WEEK

Monday Fruit game. Example I am thinking of a THIRD WEEK fruit. It grows on trees. It is round. It is juicy. It is red. What is it? (Plum)

Monday Begin making the domino cards following Tuesday Study of the sunflower or some other flower

directions of the teacher. First divide the card in halves common to the neighborhood. Study it as to size, color by a heavy pencil or

by a heavy pencil or paint line. Paste one picture in the and characteristics. Name other flowers of the same

middle of each half of one card; two on one half and one

on the other of a second card, etc. color. Are they alike in other ways? Wednesday Observation walk. See who has the sharpest pictures and seals.

Get a set of dominoes for a guide as to how to arrange eyes. Thursday General discussion of what was seen on

Tuesday Continue making of dominoes. Wednesday's walk.

Wednesday Continue above.

Thurdsay Continue above. Friday Picture study. For this lesson use a picture of the out-of-doors.

Friday Complete set of dominoes. These cards are What time of year is represented?

large and are for class work. What makes you think so?

Are there any trees in the picture?
What kinds do you think there are?

Monday Count by 2's to 10.
Is there any water?

Tuesday Recognition of figures 0 (naught) 1 and 2. Is it a river, a lake, etc.? Why do you think so? Cut large calendar numbers and mount these for recogniWhat else do you see?

tion drill. At the same time write the figures on the How does the picture make you feel?

blackboard. Compare and name.

Wednesday Recognition of figure 3. Review 0, 1 and 2. FOURTH WEEK

Thursday Count by 2's to 10. Individual work. Monday Tree Study. Name the kinds of trees in and

Friday Count by 2's to 12. surrounding the school yard. Note the bark, leaves and

Arrange children by 2's. Also chairs and other objects general formation. Bring leaves to school for class ob

in the room. servation.

Hygiene Tuesday Compare the trees as to size, shape, manner

FIRST WEEK of growth, shape of leaves, etc.

Monday Teacher pass around the room glancing at the Wednesday Make a chart containing leaves from the children's hands and faces. Commend the clean ones. various trees studied. These leaves may be pressed at Ask if all cannot be clean this afternoon. Ask children to school or by the children at home. Let children point to give you as many reasons as possible for having clean hands. these leaves and name them.

Tuesday Repeat above. Thursday Have you any different kinds of trees in your How many wash your own hands and faces? yard at home? Bring some leaves for our chart. Describe How many wash hands and faces before eating? these trees and tell their names.

Why should this be done? Friday Tree guessing game.

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