The unit of Who we are is almost over and the 2nd graders have been very creative. For this unit, they have made yet another book, but this one a book of names. After reading "The Name Jar" by Yangsook Choi, we discussed the meaning of names and their importance. Then it was decided that we had to discover the meaning of our own names, and most importantly what they represented in us. This took us two classes and after the names were placed in the book of names for all to see.
Question: What is quicksilver also known as?
If there is something that can not be taken for granted in the development of research skills is the importance of Keywords. This year we have begun defining and identifying keywords and where they can be found. With the help of Britannica School, the students had to answer random questions. But before, they needed to identify the most important words, read the articles and, only then, answer the questions. Here you can find the steps that we followed.
Steps to answer a research question:
What are keywords and why are they so important? Searching on the web is not easy, and for that planning is the key. 4th-grade students are connecting their ideas, to understand the importance planning is when conducting research. In this particular case, we are concentrating on identifying and using keywords.
Keywords are the most important words in the research question or topic.
In Taboo, each section competed against each other, and here are the resultas!
Keywords are everywhere!
Now, we have to practice, practice, practice!
But one step at a time... Rushing it was not part of the planning. Since day one of the challenge, we are slowly identifying them, and understanding how they help us find what we need when we are researching.
As a group, we decided the most important of the features, and have begun the process of identification of the features as well as working on the vocabulary.
Each group is working at their own pace, identifying, understanding each aspect and working together.
More news to come, but for now, let's keep at it! One feature at a time!
Do you use your cellphone?
Do you use labels?
A huge bag?
Hopefully a bookshelf for your books!
This unit is a perfect opportunity for the 2nd-grade students to work on understanding the concept of organization and one of the lines digs even deeper: the strategies we use to organize out spaces. As a librarian, one of the main struggles is for the students to understand how the library is organized and how important it is to help maintain it that way. Using the line of inquiry as a path we have begun a different set of activities that will help students identify the elements that organize the library and how they aid them locate books.
We began with the Fiction section.
Students had an empty croquis of the Library that they filled with what they wanted, the only important point was to include the labels and signs that help. Students worked dedicated, some in pairs, others individually. They completed the task as best they could but at the end, they understood the importance of labels and signs.
This is a skill that we will continue to build upon during the year and as we work all along the library program. For now, here are some pictures of the first activities!
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Este blog abarcará actividades desde 1er grado de primaria hasta 5to grado. Lo invitamos a disfrutar de la información, fotos e ideas para seguir motivando la indagación y la lectura con los alumnos.
Approches To Learning
How The World Works
How We Organize Ourselves
IB Learner Profile
Where We Are In Place And Time
Who We Are