Projects in the First-Grade classes revolve around the concept of “patterns.” Patterns in art, in number sequences, on snakes….wait, what?
Yes, patterns on living, slithering snakes, as students learned today in First-Grade Project-Variety. A beautiful corn snake coiled around the guest presenter. She turned it over to show students the checkered pattern on the bottom that helps it blend in with corn when it hides in silos to hunt mice. Molly noticed other patterns, like a black and tannish color repetition.
Quinton was intrigued by the reptiles. “I want to have lots of snakes,” he declared.
But Rosalind wasn’t so sure. “We petted the king snake. Ohhhh, icky. He smelled so bad when you get close,” she said. “You can almost touch the smell.”
Ruthie had a different reaction. “Snakes they feel like really soft,” she said. “I really like the feeling.”
Alys was interested in how a human can become friends with snakes. “How do you make the snakes trust you?” she asked the guest.
Alys summarized the pet owner’s response. “She feeds them and gives them water and doesn’t hurt them,” she said. “After a while they start to trust her.”
“She also cleans their cage,” Charlie added.
Today students also created number sequence patterns. “We’re supposed to write numbers and the unknown number goes under here,” said Letty, lifting a flap on her construction paper. “They have to guess.” The visible numbers represent a sequence based on a mathematical rule. What Letty referred to as the “unknown numbers” will be those that come next in the sequence.
When I asked Will what pattern he was going to use, he leaned in close and whispered, “It’s going to be hard to tell you because these three might hear it.” He pointed at his tablemates.
Other pattern projects enjoyed by students this summer include Fibonacci sequences, animal habitats, and bug symmetry.
“We had to draw a bug with pencil, then trace it and paint it,” explained Kyrie. “Then we put a line through it to see symmetry.” Kyrie painted a caterpillar, and Isabelle chose a lady bug to learn body symmetry patterns.