Last week students were shocked to find that a natural disaster had struck our classrooms. Chairs, tables and supplies were scattered about the room and it was our job to figure out exactly what went wrong. In small teams, our young scientists used picture clues and guiding questions to make connections to what they know about natural disasters and how they impact humans and the natural world.
Later in the week, students used information gathered from our provocation to unpack the central idea. First, groups analyzed the meaning of our lines of inquiry and then matched a key concept to each, explaining how this concept would help us further explore. Next, groups generated a list of big ideas that may fit into our new unit, which they later used to formulate their own central idea. This engagement allowed students to see the connectivity of big ideas in our unit of inquiry as well as challenge their thinking skills and work collaboratively.
The students did independent inquiries using various sources to find out more about our first line of inquiry – the interrelated components of the Earth.
On Thursday, we visited Channel 3 and Virgin radio stations to learn more about how digital media is created. The students had a lot of fun and seemed to learn a lot about the work that actually goes into creating and producing content for television and radio.
Each week, G3 visits our buddies in EY to read to them and to spend time with them. It’s a good chance for us to remember that we can be good role models and help teach those who are younger than us. This week, EY1 taught class 3B about how to make a special drink using a flower and lime juice.
This week’s learning engagements include:
UOI – Tuning-in– The interrelated components of the Earth
Language Arts – Guided reading, reading comprehension strategies
Math – Multiplication and division word problems, introduction to fractions