We went to the beach. I know, you’re thinking, wow this class goes on a lot of field trips. This is true. Most of these, however, are with other classes, which means my class generally goes along with what the general education classes have already planned. This time was different though. My class, we planned our own trip this time. Well, let’s be honest, the only planning I did was deciding was putting in a field trip request form and then deciding that we were going to take the MUNI city bus all the way to the ocean and then getting off there. What we were going to do once we got out there, that was entirely up in the air.

It turned out pretty amazing though. The students loved looking for sand dollars and drawing in the sand. they loved making strange forts and houses with the sticks. And they loved piling the sand into what they called volcanoes. Of course our ghetto school lunch picnic was also the bomb. What a great day!

A beachy photo adventure:

May is Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. At my school, we have three huge celebrations throughout the school year: Latino, African American, and Asian/Pacific Islander. Our last big one in May is Asian/Pacific Islander. Our theme this year was Out of the Margins, Into the Light, which I thought was very appropriate considering the current social climate in our country. My students did so much to prepare for this celebration/presentation in a short amount of time. We read four books and learning about character, setting, and sequencing of events. We watched various videos about cultural customs in a number of different countries. Then we put it all together in a video to show the school. I can’t show you the video here online, but you can see a small glimpse of what we did below!

Wall display of some of our work

Just the cutest class picture ever!

As part of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, my class read Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park. We did a bunch of exercises related to their book and as a finale, I decided to actually buy some Bee-Bim Bop and share it with the class. I had to buy it the night before so we had to heat it up and mix all the ingredients before trying it out. We talked about what is socially acceptable to do if you don’t like the food and I was really impressed by how they reacted to trying this new food. Then as a response, the students cut paper to make their own Bee-Bim Bops!

So excited!

Mixing all the ingredients

More mixing

Trying some Bee-Bim Bop!

Making their own Bee-Bim Bop with cut paper

I feel like in San Francisco, the San Francisco Zoo is the place that everyone goes on their field trips no matter what age the students are. Of course this means my class visited again. The best part was that since it was extremely cloudy and in fact kind of drizzly, we weren’t overheated at all. I feel like that’s the biggest problem with the zoo – it’s always super hot even if the temperature isn’t that high because the sun just beams down on you for hours and hours as you walk and walk endlessly. Thank goodness for the drizzles!

This year was especially fun because I have a number of students who just love animals so much. The big cats were the biggest draw and they’ve been looking forward to the big cats since they learned we were going to the zoo. Once we got there, the male lion was growling at one of the tigers in a neighboring exhibit. That was extremely fun to watch and listen to!

A zoo-rrific photo adventure:

It’s almost Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month at our school, which means we’re gearing up for our big celebration in May. For one of our mini project, I showed my students a video of one of the big lantern festivals in Taiwan that happen every year. Then we made mini lanterns on card stock paper that they decorated then cut out. The only bad thing about this project is that since no kindergartner or first grader can be trusted with brass tacks or tying real knots, I ended up tying a billion knots and fitting brass tacks through a million holes. It was all worth it though because their lanterns turned out so cute!

Working hard on the lanterns

Our mini lanterns!