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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