Exploring Our Winona School Community

Through out the last few weeks we have been talking about the community our school is located in.  We are hoping that all of our families have had a chance to drive through our community (and others) to talk about the different things that make up our Winona/Stoney Creek Community.  Our school community is unique in that it is made up of two separate areas(Stoney Creek & Winona) and that it is part of a bigger community (Hamilton).  It is also unique because there are many houses but no grocery stores, or some of the other major buildings/services that are usually found in a community with so many people.  

While learning about the people and the environment of the local community Grade One students are expected to be able to:

-identify natural and built features (parks/rivers/roads)
-identify some distinct areas and describe the characteristics (distinguish between the businesses on the service road and the houses along the lake)
-create a map of our community using symbols to label known parts and explain what the importance of both the natural and man made features are
-explain relationships between both people and animals and the natural and built features (For example: What will change when Walmart/Costco come?  Why do we need a park?  What will happen to the small forest behind our school when the builders of the new homes come?)
-What kinds of services does the city (Government) provide the people in our community? 
-What patterns do we notice in our community? (Why is garbage day always on the same day?)
-How do people and animals use the natural and built features of the community to meet their needs? 
-How can a young student participate and help in the community he/she lives?
-How can a young student support the local environment?

For those interested in what their child will explore next year:

While learning about the people and the environment of the global community Grade Two students are expected to be able to:

-use tools such as maps and globes to show continents, countries and bodies of water in the world
-show how people live in a different community in a different part of the world
-discuss how physical features affect the people living in different countries around the world
-describe how people living in different parts of the world have adapted to the climate, location and physical features in order to meet their needs
-talk about patterns that exist in the natural world and how these patterns influence how people live
-describe the relationship between where people live and how they live (example: our fruit stands in Winona are not open in the winter)
-discuss how people are harmful and helpful to the environment/community they live in

To help the children get a better understanding of our learning Mrs. Dale and I created a video using a GOPRO camera in March of 2014.  Below you will find the video in 3 parts.  We have been watching the videos at school and pointing out the different features (both natural and built) as well as talking about what the role of the feature is in our community. Please take some time to watch our videos with your family and consider going on a few of your own community drives. A quick GOOGLE search of Web Cams will bring you many different ones, based all over the world, to view how other people both live in and adapt to their communities and environments.  Help your child see his/her part in our community and his or her part in our bigger world by discussing the things you see/find.  It is a GREAT BIG WORLD OUT THERE…………….enjoy life exploring it!

Winona School Community Videos