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It's All About Elmer

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I had been meaning to make a post about this earlier in the year but never had the chance to get round to it. Life with a 2 year old does put strains on your free time. Nonetheless I am currently teaching in Abu Dhabi at a school that is complete 100% Emirate students. There are no Pakistani, Saudi, Lebanese, Philippine, Indian or Western children at our school, despite the fact that it is a government school. It is strictly for Emirate children.

That being said I teach Grade One, ages 6-7 and a lot of the children don't understand about diversity, seeing as there is no cultural diversity in the school. I wanted to do a week study on Elmer the elephant; I know Elmer is usually used to teach about how to stand out when you are different. I however wanted to use Elmer to show how different people really are from one another, and that it is ok. The part at the beginning when all the other elephants look the same was a big influence, as I wanted the students to understand that not ev…

Sublime Space Unit

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So over the last 3 weeks my grade 1 students in the UAE have been learning a lot about space, the solar system, and astronauts. This was a great end of the year unit as the students (they may be grade one but their English level is below Kindergarten ability in the States), and they could apply a lot of their new English skills to what we were doing. We spent a week on each of the topics:
Stars and Moon, Planets, Astronauts and Space Travel.
At the end of the unit our team put together a SPACE DAY, where the students got to come dressed as astronauts and complete hands on activities involving everything they had learned about space. Check out some of our displays and activities below!
I have also included my Astronaut Kids clipart pack that was inspired by this unit. To get your own copy, Click Here

Our Moon Table

8 Phases of the Moon Cycle

Writing about Astronauts in Napkin Books






Counting how many big stars and small stars we used to make a constellation




After reading "Papa Ple…