Our Environmental Footprints
3C have been looking into our second line of inquiry - 'The impact of our environmental choices'. We have been considering how big an impact we have and what possible ways we can reduce and lower our own footprints. How can we have fewer heavy (red) footprints and more light (green) footprints? Perhaps as a family you can consider your own footprints together.
The class considered the related concept of interdependence and how our choices can affect so much more than what we can easily see. 3C each made a pledge of one responsible thing we will do to lessen our impact on finite resources. The ideas varied from reducing electricity use, saving water when we shower, recycling materials, using bicycles more instead of a car and trying to not waste food.
Hopes and Fears - Responsibility
Our provocative art display took on another level today as we added our hopes and fears about a world quickly running out of essential finite resources. What will a world look like without oil, uranium or copper? What parts of our lives depend and rely on these resources? How will our lives change?
These problems, like every problem, do potentially have solutions too. We have also starting viewing many individuals and teams who are being innovative and creative at coming up with sustainable answers. This will be the catalyst for our summative assessments next week, when we start to consider what innovations and ideas we can come up with to make our campus more sustainable and self sufficient from finite resources!
The video (below) was the catalyst that inspired us to record our hopes and fears about the sustainability problems that the world faces.
Grade 3 were very lucky to be joined by Ms Shakhnova, our Uzbek Studies teacher, to look at some of the natural resources found in Uzbekistan. Of particular interest was the slides and discussion that we had about the decline of the Aral Sea. The factors behind it's decline and what changes, if any, can be made to repair this damage. A fascinating discussion which will continue next week.
The G3 language focus for this unit has been persuasive writing. So, with that in mind, we have tried to find a real life context to practice our new persuasive skills.
Our service learning project has been to come up with ideas of how to turn our pond area into a valuable learning space (please see previous blogs for details). The designs have now been finalised with the G10 Design students, so our main focus now is on raising money to pay for the construction of our plans.
Many G3 students have been raising money in recent weeks to help finance the project. However, we are still not close to the total required. So, the G3 kids decided to target the TIS Director (Ms Myna) with detailed letters in the hope that the TIS leadership / board will donate money to the project. The G3 kids have also been carrying out a petition to highlight how this change is supported broadly across all of TIS, and not just the G3 students. We look forwards to passing on the letters and petition to Ms Myna next week. Fingers crossed we manage to persuade her to help!
Our Sports Day was soooooooo much fun in the sun! It was a great atmosphere and all the kids enjoy taking part and had a very memorable day!
A huge thankyou to the PE team of Mr Dan and Ms Catherine for organising and making the day so special!
Growth Mindset of the Week
As we are currently considering the choices we make in terms of the environment, the above quote seemed quite apt.
The 'days to go' are ticking down, but it is really important that we all try and keep up our focus, energy and determination going until the end of the year. We still have lots of learning to go in our 'Sharing the Planet' unit and I hope we can maximise every minue of the inquiry time we still have remaining.
Have a great weekend,
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