As our wonderful 'Where We Are in Place and Time' unit nears the end, Grade 3 thought it would be great fun to spend a day focusing on one of the most famous explorers - Marco Polo. Our central idea is 'New discoveries and exploration have the power to change the world' - so that fits perfectly with Marco Polo who explored and documented about life within the Kublai Khan dynasty. His biography was, arguably, responsible for establishing new trade routes, inspiring future explorers and, if you believe the stories, introducing pasta to Italy!
Marco Polo Visit
Marco Polo came to Grade 3 to answer all our questions. He looked pretty good considering he was 763 years old! When asked how he managed to make it to the year 2017, Marco replied that he had, "Been created by a 3D printer!"
This was an excellent activity that really helped the children empathise with Marco Polo and consider what his legacy was. Thank you to Mr Dan for being so brave and for making the day even more memorable!
Marco Polo Diamond Ranking
As part of our work on legacy, we looked at all the important components in Marco Polo's life. We considered which events were more important for his legacy and why. We then ranked them using a 'Diamond Ranking' system. There is rarely a right or wrong answer when you do this type of activity (all three groups had completely different answers), the exercise is much more about considering different perspectives and creating a catalyst for discussion and debate.
Other Marco Polo Activities
There were many other activities that took place during Marco Polo Day. The children had an opportunity to explore the attitude of emapthy by re-enacting interesting scenes from his life. These scenes included the moment Marco Polo first met the Kublai Khan and when he first witnessed cannabalism. The children also had the opportunity to do extra research into Marco Polo's life. The children discovered many interesting pieces of information, my favourite was that when Marco Polo first discovered the rhino, he thought that it was a unicorn. Grade 3 also plotted the path of Marco Polo's great journey on a map and practiced their knowledge with a Marco Polo game of Kahoots! Some pictures of the day are below.
Future Exploration and Discoveries
The third line of inquiry that we have been inquiring into is 'Discoveries of the future'. As a connection to this, we have been looking at maps and atlases to work out what parts of the world we would each like to explore in the future. The children then used Tripadvisor and Opodo apps to zoom in on what restaurants, activities, flights and hotels they might choose to stay in!
We are also starting to thinking about what major discoveries there might be in the next 100 years or so on earth and beyond!
Time Capsule - Summative Assessment
For the summative assessment to our 'Where We Are in Place and Time' unit, we have gone full cycle. We began the unit by discovering a mystery box on the school grounds and now will end the unit by creating our own mystery box. Our own time capsule box will be locked up and not opened for 25 years, until the year 2042. Hopefully, TIS will still be going strong in the year 2042 and some lucky students will be given the opportunity to investigate and explore our box and life in 2017.
Each child had to think of an item to place into the box. They had to consider what the item would tell people in the future about life in 2017. They also thought about how we would we be viewed and what would our legacy as a grade level be? Also, we considered how children in the future may react to our items and what changes may have occurred in the world in 2042.
This was a really powerful way to end the unit and really demonstrated many of the skills that we have been learning about over the last few weeks!
Student Voice - Unit Highlights by Kai and Fazle
"Our favourite part of this unit was our work about our own future travels. We liked it because we could explore different flights, hotels and things that we could see and do in the country we chose. We chose to explore Greenland (Kai ) and Paris, France (Fazle). It was fun to look at the weather and culture in these countries too. We hope to travel to these counrtries one day!
Our second favourite part was writing biographies about famous explorers."
Thank you to Kai and Fazle for being the first writers in our 'Student Voice' section of the blog. Each blog will now feature different reflections from student in 3C.
Pre-Unit Parent Meeting - Tuesday 31st January, 8.20-40AM
Grade 3 (3C and 3P) are hosting a joint meet-up next Tuesday (31st) to discuss with parents the very exciting new How We Express Ourselves unit. We will go through with you some of the aims and activities we are planning to do during the unit and we will look at how you can assist and support your child's learning.
So, if you are free during this time when you drop your child off to school, then come to Grade 3 and touch bases with all the team. The next blog will contain lots of information about the new unit too, so please don't worry if you cannot make this informal get together.
Growth Mindset of the Week
Have a great long weekend. I look forward to hopefully seeing some of you (and some 3P parents) next Tuesday morning (8.20-40AM) to briefly talk about our new unit.
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