How The World Works (HTWW)
Grade 3 are really excited to announce our new 'How The World Works' (HTWW) unit of inquiry. Within this large transdiciplinary theme, we will be focusing in on the 'interaction between the natural world and human societies'. We will also be making connections with 'technological advances' too.
We have made some major changes from last year's Grade 3 HTWW unit, as we wanted to find a more 'hands on' unit that the children could explore and get their teeth into. Our central idea is 'Geology can provide both opportunities and challenges to human activity', so hopefully we should be getting very 'hands on' (literally) as we explore what is under the ground around the TIS campus. More information about our first week of the unit and our provocation below!
Gold underneath TIS?
The above letter is an assay result about a soil sample taken on the TIS grounds by some MYP students before the last holiday. The assay test and sample, which we have borrowed from MYP, came back with some interesting results earlier this week. Whilst we had expected to find high percentages of water, air, sand and clay, we were a little surprised by some of the other elements and minerals.
Grade 3, through research, have already found out that K stands for potassium (which we apparently have in our kidneys), that azurite is a blue crystal and most excitingly that AU stands for gold. Even though we have only found traces of gold, we are wondering if a different part of the school may hold more gold? And, if so, what is it values and how would we get it out of the ground? (To be continued when we find out more information)
$10,000 Minerals Challenge
Next week we are going to form investment teams and take part in the $10,000 dollar challenge. This will be an exercise linked to our mathematical studies that will (hopefully) help us to understand how different minerals are valued, and, how that value is ever changing.
We will (in our teams) study the prices of minerals and then make pretend buys and sells using the pretend money that each team will be allocated. Our progress will be recorded and then plotted onto line graphs. We will spend time analysing and interpreting the data and any noticeable trends that we can see.
This activity will connect very strongly with our first line of inquiry (below).
Mining Field Trip Help???
As part of our HTWW unit, G3 would love to visit a working mine, but sadly we don'y have contacts to arrange this. So, if you work for or have contacts at any local mining companies we would really appreciate your help in assisting us to set up a field trip. The first line of inquiry is looking at the uses and values of minerals, so to see minerals being extracted would be very exciting, informative and provocative for the children.
Student Led Conferences (SLCs)
The SLCs earlier today went very smoothly. I was very impressed by the children's confidence to present and explain their learning clearly to you. The children all seemed, rightfully, very proud of their work and I am certain it was a very positive experience for all of them. Also, I hope your child's SLC has given you some insight into their school life, what motivates them and maybe areas that they might like more support or help in.
If you could try to remember to send in the SLC reflection forms on Monday that would be really helpful.
Growth Mindset of the Week
As the image suggests, we all have a choice in how we see the world and the actions of others. To try and assume positive intentions and to see the best in others helps us to take small steps towards making the world a better place!
Have a great weekend and thank you for being such fabulous parents during the SLCs. It was lovely to see how encouraging, supportive and proud you were of your children's progress and learning!
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