Our Environmental Footprints
3C have been looking into our second line of inquiry - 'The impact of our environmental choices'. We have been considering how big an impact we have and what possible ways we can reduce and lower our own footprints. How can we have fewer heavy (red) footprints and more light (green) footprints? Perhaps as a family you can consider your own footprints together.
The class considered the related concept of interdependence and how our choices can affect so much more than what we can easily see. 3C each made a pledge of one responsible thing we will do to lessen our impact on finite resources. The ideas varied from reducing electricity use, saving water when we shower, recycling materials, using bicycles more instead of a car and trying to not waste food.
Hopes and Fears - Responsibility
Our provocative art display took on another level today as we added our hopes and fears about a world quickly running out of essential finite resources. What will a world look like without oil, uranium or copper? What parts of our lives depend and rely on these resources? How will our lives change?
These problems, like every problem, do potentially have solutions too. We have also starting viewing many individuals and teams who are being innovative and creative at coming up with sustainable answers. This will be the catalyst for our summative assessments next week, when we start to consider what innovations and ideas we can come up with to make our campus more sustainable and self sufficient from finite resources!
The video (below) was the catalyst that inspired us to record our hopes and fears about the sustainability problems that the world faces.
Grade 3 were very lucky to be joined by Ms Shakhnova, our Uzbek Studies teacher, to look at some of the natural resources found in Uzbekistan. Of particular interest was the slides and discussion that we had about the decline of the Aral Sea. The factors behind it's decline and what changes, if any, can be made to repair this damage. A fascinating discussion which will continue next week.
The G3 language focus for this unit has been persuasive writing. So, with that in mind, we have tried to find a real life context to practice our new persuasive skills.
Our service learning project has been to come up with ideas of how to turn our pond area into a valuable learning space (please see previous blogs for details). The designs have now been finalised with the G10 Design students, so our main focus now is on raising money to pay for the construction of our plans.
Many G3 students have been raising money in recent weeks to help finance the project. However, we are still not close to the total required. So, the G3 kids decided to target the TIS Director (Ms Myna) with detailed letters in the hope that the TIS leadership / board will donate money to the project. The G3 kids have also been carrying out a petition to highlight how this change is supported broadly across all of TIS, and not just the G3 students. We look forwards to passing on the letters and petition to Ms Myna next week. Fingers crossed we manage to persuade her to help!
Our Sports Day was soooooooo much fun in the sun! It was a great atmosphere and all the kids enjoy taking part and had a very memorable day!
A huge thankyou to the PE team of Mr Dan and Ms Catherine for organising and making the day so special!
Growth Mindset of the Week
As we are currently considering the choices we make in terms of the environment, the above quote seemed quite apt.
The 'days to go' are ticking down, but it is really important that we all try and keep up our focus, energy and determination going until the end of the year. We still have lots of learning to go in our 'Sharing the Planet' unit and I hope we can maximise every minue of the inquiry time we still have remaining.
Have a great weekend,
Sharing the Planet
Grade 3 have now completed the second week in our new 'Sharing the Planet' unit of inquiry. We have been unpacking and exploring our new central idea - 'People make choices to support the sustainability of Earth's natural resources'.
There is a great connection here with our last 'How the World Works' unit. Responsibility will be the driving key concept in this unit and what we, as world citizens, can do (in whatever way) towards the sustainability of the Earth's finite resources. The unit has been designed to be largely upbeat and will lead on to looking at exciting innovations that are looking for solutions to the problem of our finite resources running out!
At the start of the unit it is fun to provoke the class to get a better sense of their understandings and feelings towards a topic area. As our unit is going to be focused upon sustainability we had a table full of objects related to this area that showed up randomly in 3C.
The class initially decided to do drawings of the table and then starting trying to make connections to this constantly evolving table, before connecting it to our central idea.
This table is a very visual reference point for the children to keep referring to as we inquire much deeper into the unit. The children have taken ownership over the table now (renaming it the sustainability table), and have started adding their own ideas / objects!
Availability / Distribution of Natural Resources
Our first line of inquiry (above) has been explored this week. We have been defining 'distribution' and 'availability', and thinking about what the words mean in the context of natural resources. We have also been considering: Are all resources available equally to all people? Who controls how resources are distributed? Why are some resources more scarce than others? What makes a resource finite?
The children have begun creating small case studies where they have chosen (in their partnership) a natural resource and then researched into the avilability of this resource, how it is created, the cost, the uses of the resource and if it is finite or not. This study will continue next week. We will then start looking at our own sustainable footprints!
G3's main 'Service Learning' goal this year has been to develop a plan to turn our rather sorry looking and unused pond into a vibrant and exciting learning space that can be used by the whole school.
We have had many ideas and just this week we have enlisted the G10s to help us come up with further ideas, both from a design perspective as well as from a logistical and financial angle too. We have been collaborating over designs and hope to have final plans approved before the end of the term and that the first significant work will begin over the summer.
G3 have been busy raising money through various initiatives over the last few weeks to help fund this project. The children will be taking our financial campaign to another level next week when we start our petition to seek funding from the TIS director / board for the project. The children will also be practicing their persuasive writing skills by writing letters giving reasons as to why this project will be a great benefit and asset to the school!
Makey Makey Technology
G3 have been learning how to use the 'Makey Makey' with our wonderful tech coach, Mr Chong. We have been learning that we can use a whole heap of conductable objects to make different sounds or even play electonic games on the computer (if we connect everything together correctly). A very surreal experience to play the bongos by touching a potato or to play an arcade game by squeezing a strawberry!
We are hoping that we can find ways to connect the 'Makey Makey' to any sustainable projects that develop through our 'Sharing the Planet' unit.
TIS Bin Project
All of TIS Elementary school have been involved in the very exciting process of designing and creating more enticing trash cans to go around our beautiful campus!
We have been able to use the design process to really analyse what we wanted to achieve and then we used lots of artistic skills to bring the visions to life on our class bin. A great team effort and I am sure all the bins will prove to a very colourful addition to TIS landscape!
Supporting the Exhibition
G3 were lucky enough to attend G5's practice Exhibition event earlier this week. The class got the chance to view all the different projects, issues and inquiries that have been taking place over the last 10 weeks. It was great to see the G3 students asking questions, giving their own views and engaging in debate with the G5s!
On Friday 19th May your child will participate in the annual Elementary Sports Day. This is a day of fun where students can demonstrate some of the skills they have acquired in P.E. this year. The activities will take place on the main/secondary field, beginning at 8.50am and finishing at 12.30pm, after which students will return to their classrooms. Parents are welcome to attend and there will be a designated parents area on the field, and while we encourage photography and cheering we ask that you do not interfere with activities. Your child will be assigned a team colour (blue, yellow, red, green) and they can wear matching clothing, but this is not essential.
Blue = Fazle, Shiuli, Malika, Dagmara + Sean
Yellow = June
Green = Sharan, Cyaka + Allie
Red = Sylvie + Kai
They will need to bring a sunhat, sunscreen and a water bottle as we expect the weather to be hot and sunny, as well as suitable footwear and possibly a change of clothing as there will be water activities. Thank you for your support and we look forward to a great sporting event!
The Elementary PE team
Growth Mindset of the Week
I hope this wonderful quote can be remembered during Sports Day next Friday. Showing perseverance and trying your best at all times is the growth mindset that we should all aspire to have. As long as we try our hardest, then we are all winners, regardless of points, scores and places etc.
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