Grade 3 have been focusing on our second line of inquiry over the last two weeks - 'Meaningful discoveries and contributions.' We have been looking at the 'legacy' of many explorers and what 'change' they brought to the world through their travels and discoveries.
State Museum of History Trip
G3 had a very successful and interesting trip to the State Museum of the History of Uzbekistan. We were able to examine many different artifacts from the local area and other parts of Central Asia too. There was lots of opportunities to ask questions and record our findings in our own special journals (just like Jack in the Magic Treehouse).
During our trip we only got to really explore a small part of the museum. If you have time one weekend or over the holidays I really urge you to go as a family and to spend time making a connection with the very rich history from this region. The museum is at 3 Buyuk Turon Street and is open from 9-5 most days.
Biographies of famous Explorers
One of our language inquiries has been into biographies. We have been identifying the features and then analysing different biographies of explorers. This has helped us really think about the legacy and impact that each explorer had.
Then, we 'had a go' at doing some very imaginative writing by creating our own biographies (as if we were someone writing about ourselves after our lives were over). This was actually a very uplifting exercise that allowed us all the opportunity to reflect on the impact that we want to make in our lives and the type of positive legacy we want to leave.
Empathy with Explorers - Diaries
We have also been exploring the attitude of 'empathy'. We have done this by each choosing an explorer to research. Then, after researching their lives, we have been trying to find the most interesting day or time that really defined their legacy.
Once we had established this, we tried to really empathise about how it would have felt to be there and what emotions would be going through the explorer's mind. We recorded our work in diary form. Then, with a little help from some coffee, tried to age our documentation a little bit. Ask your child about who they chose and what day defined their legacy!
Throughout December 3C have been trying to follow a kindness calendar - an alternative version to the traditional advent calendar. We didn't follow the calendar day by day, as some of the activities were difficult to do at school. So, instead we chose the ones that we thought we could do at TIS. So far we have attempted Day 3, Day 5, Day 18, Day 25, Day 29 and Day 30.
I would recommend as a family trying to complete a few more of these tasks.
If you would like to know more about the organisation, please go to http://www.actionforhappiness.org/
They are a wonderfully positive and inspirational group who are trying to change the way indivduals, groups and communities see the world, and their role within the world.
Below are some photos from our day 30 challenge - 'Take a walk and focus on nature's beauty.'
Book Club - Who is 'M'?
Grade 3 have started our own book club recently to search for clues as to who the mysterious M was in the Magic Treehouse books. We read books 1-3 as a class, but still only had a small amount of evidence as to M's identity. So, we sourced the next 8 books and split into teams (each in charge of reading one of the 8 books together). Each group then documented:
- Where Jack and Annie travelled to in their book and why.
- What they learnt about M.
- What insights the book gave to that period of history.
The book club is an excellent opportunity for children to work there way through a book independently, but with the aim to find specific information.
Thank you to everyone who donated money to this amazing charity. Also, thank you to the brave students who used the beard trimmers to remove my moustache with care and precision!
Many of the children will miss being apart over the next 3 weeks or so. So, I have created an optional padlet page where the children can share their adventures with each other over the holiday period. The focus of the padlet, as with the unit, will be exploration and discovery. Where have you explored over the holidays? What will you discover? Thank you in advance for helping your children to upload photos, videos and comments to this padlet page. The link to the page is below.
Wow - so there are lots and lots of festive things going on this Friday. Please see information about the cookie swap and pajama party (or pyjama in my case) below.
As it is the cookie swap we probably won't need too much extra food and drink for our class party (which starts at 2.15PM). If you wanted to send in some healthy drinks or food though, that would be wonderful.
Before the party we will be sharing our passion projects (at about 1.30PM). If you are around and want to pop in that would be great, but it will be very informal. There will be times in 2018 when we will really urge you to attend big activities and presentations, but this is just an optional extra if you are free.
Growth Mindset Video of the Week
This seasonal video perhaps shows us that maybe we can all be a little too enthusiastic sometimes. I am sure the last words her teacher said before she went on stage were, "Be loud and confident!" So, I am sure she was just following instructions!
Have a wonderful and relaxing holiday, wherever in the world you may be for the break. I look forward to seeing you all in 2018 for more exciting inquiries and learning.
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