The time has come!
After half a school year (and a bit more that was worked on last year in 4th grade), the 5th graders are neck deep in their exhibition. The transdisciplinary theme is Who We Are and the students are discovering that there are issues, like anxiety, depression, social pressure, etc, that have the ability to affect our health and well-being. They are asking questions, digging for answers and more importantly, applying their skills! It is that moment of the year that all the work is bearing fruit and they are working independently and finding a way to demonstrate the five essential elements of the PYP program: concepts, skills, attitudes, knowledge, and action. If you are itching to know the results of this long-awaited moment, remember that the exhibition is on Friday, October 26th. If you want to see more, go directly to the class Weebly or, just be curious and ask the students directly. If you ask me, I think they are the best source of information. So... Be curious and come and see what they have been up to.
It is always very gratifying when you discover that your students have a passion for reading and would prefer it to everything. Mind you, our time in the Library sometimes is focused on the development of research skills and information literacy, but sometimes all you want is a good book. Reading time in the library is a time for a break, where the students enjoy not only a good book but sharing it with their friends. This article could go with the section Writers and Readers but I found that this bimester the students wanted nothing more than to explore legends and stories from around the world that it felt better sharing it here.
Evaporation versus Condensation. That was a challenge. (Martin. 3A)
The unit of inquiry may be coming to an end but the skills are still being work and practiced. The 3rd graders have spent the last couple of weeks exploring the water cycle. It has been a process and like we had to take a lot of steps back have been taken. Similar to last year the students began researching about the water cycle. We discussed the most important words and identified the vocabulary necesary. The biggest problem was understanding the difference between evaporation and condensation. Curiously enough we all learned that difference because even the teacher would get it confused! It was an opportunity to go back to the faithful, Britannica School but also use a new tool: the World Wide Web! Using the internet was a challenge unto itself and that is why we were specific when using Kiddle.co as a search engine and verifying that the keywords were properly spelled. With all those challenges the students worked together and sometimes with the teacher. Currently, they are being created as possible to make sure their drop of water passes through the water cycle and survives. Part two of the process shortly to follow! Don't miss it.
Copying the information wasn't that hard, but finding it was. (Mariano G.)
Enter if you dare.
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:
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.