Where We Are In Place And Time (WWAIPAT)
Grade 3C are now two weeks into our new Unit of Inquiry (UOI) - 'Where We Are In Place And Time' (W.W.A.I.P.A.T). W.W.A.I.P.A.T is a large transdisciplinary theme, the Grade 3 focus for this unit is 'exploration' and 'discoveries', Our Central Idea is 'New discoveries and exploration have the power to change the world!'
This is a very exciting unit that will have strong links to the past and will allow the students an opportunity to really develop their research and analysis skills as they find out about different explorers and discoveries. The unit has already started with a very exciting discovery (below) that has really got the children excited and keen to explore.
Our first line of inquiry is - Meaningul regional discoveries and contributions. Based on the energy, connections and research skills shown by the the students so far, it looks like this will prove to be a very fruitful and exciting line of inquiry!
A Discovery at TIS!
Just over a week ago there was a very exciting discovery on the grounds of TIS. On the grounds where the new gym is being built, a workman discovered an old black box buried below the mud and snow. Grade 3 were invited to the site of the discovery and then were given the responsibility of finding out who put the box there and why!
Upon opening the box we discovered many artifacts. We have been trying to make connections with the different artifacts to come up with theories of why the box ended up where it did. We have been looking at the clues and evidence closely and really practicing our analysis skills. The children have formulated many questions to help them research each artifact. Here is some of our preliminary analysis:
Keys - the blue key has a code on it which we believed could be connected to the box that it might open.
Waistcoat - the waistcoat has a I.I.K label on it, but we could not find any references to this name online. Also, after trying on the waistcoat we believe, due to its shape and sleeves, that it was owned by a girl.
Letter - The translation was 'I hope that your future is better than my past'. This led us to wonder about the life of the person who buried the box and what was wrong with their past.
Map - After looking at a copy of the original school map, we believe the two maps connect and that there is an 'X' situated somewhere near the Purple Monster!
Gear - We found a code on the gear, but do not know what type of machine it was part of yet!
Money - Using google translate, we discovered that the money was Russian and Uzbek. The latest date on the money was 1991, so we believe that the box was buried no later than 25 years ago!
3C expressed their initial reaction to the box on this padlet page. Our padlet page can be found at - https://padlet.com/matthewc2/r0ofd3tbjoh0
For our number inquiry Grade 3 are now exploring multiplication and division. We will be inquiring into what these operations look like, how we use them in our daily lives and what their function is. It is really important that the children develop a conceptual understanding first, before exploring the many different strategies and ways in which these operations can be carried out.
We will be making mathematical connections to our W.W.A.I.P.A.T unit by exploring maps, grids, coordinates and geometric shapes. There is some wonderfully exciting transdisciplinary mathematics that fits with this unit beautifully!
Agents of Change
One of the key concepts in our new unit is change. To explore this concept fully, 3C have set up the 'Agents of Change' group (A.O.C). The aim of the group is to make a positive change in other pupil's lives.
Our first A.O.C operation was to place affirmation cards into every Elementary school locker to try and inspire and encourage other students. The A.O.C are currently plotting their next operation. SSSShhhh - we are a group of secret agents, so please don't give our identity away.
Grade 3C were very excited to join in the international 'Project Gratitude'. This is a project where individuals or groups share what they are grateful and thankful for. This gave us a great chance to express our appreciation for all the wonderful things in our lives and a chance to be able to share this with the international educational community!
Movember - Lots of staff have been growing moustaches this month as part of the Movember celebrations. Children are encouraged to bring in money tomorrow (Friday 2nd December) to donate to the Movember fund and, of course, to vote which teacher's moustache is the 2016 champion. All money raised will go to the Movember charity which plays a very important role in researching cancer treatments!
If you would like to know more about Movember, please follow this link - https://uk.movember.com/
Mr Matt's Moustache!
Growth Mindset of the Week
TWITTER - @grade3tis have over 100 Followers!
The Grade 3 twitter account reached a very exciting point last week. We now have over 100 followers from all around the world following our exciting inquiries and learning experiences. Our twitter account initially started off as a way of helping parents connect with their children's daily learning (which we hope it still does effectively), but it has grown in to a much bigger project too. Recently, we have joined in with Project Gratitude, as well as an Australian PYP student project about 'play from around the world' and contributed to a PYP project in Thailand that was inquiring into what changes children would make at their school to improve their learning. These connections are really exciting and help the children to develop the skills needed to be internationally minded and to start seeing themselves as global citizens.
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