Sunday, November 11, 2018

Grade 2 Parents' Morning

In the beginning of the week, students re-wrote the central idea to understand it better.  They also explored why humans migrate and decided to interview parents during parents' morning on Friday to about their family's migration. The students worked in groups to write questions to ask the parents. In math, students continued to work on fact families and to understand the meaning of addition and subtraction.

The students were really excited during parents' morning! They worked on irregular past tense verbs, how to use a mouse during ICT, practiced fact families, and interviewed parents. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Grade 4 - Timeline of Discovery and Making Observations

As Grade 4 learns about different discoveries throughout time, we decided to place them on a timeline to get a better idea about the concept of time.  We created a timeline along the whole wall of our classroom that is made to scale.  782 cm = 11,018 years because we started our timeline with one of the first major discoveries, agriculture, and ended it in the year 2018.  Since agriculture was discovered in about the year 9000 BC, that makes our timeline 11,018 years long and the scale was determined based on the length of the wall.  This means that 1mm = 1.5 years! It also means that the students lives are only about 6mm on our timeline!  Christopher Columbus sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to discover America for the Europeans was also only a short distance away from the students being born! 

On the other side of the timeline we have the discovery of agriculture and how to make fire.  The discovery that people could use fire (without creating it themselves) would be about 1 km away in about the year 1,400,000 BC!

Grade 4 has also been learning that explorers use many different skills and tools to help them make discoveries.  One important skill for them is observation.  Being able to use their senses to determine details and analyze them is essential for thinkers to find new understandings about our world and science.  To practice this, the students watched the phases of the moon and recorded their observations in pictures, questions and ideas.  They then learned that Pythagoras was curious about and observed the moon in about the year 500 BC.  He determined from the curve in the shadow that the moon was round.  He then predicted that the Earth was also round over two thousand years before it was proved!

The students also started to act like Galileo questioning the principles of gravity.  They found objects of different masses, dropped them at the same time, observed how they acted, and recorded their observations.  


Japanese Class - Grade3





Where We are in Place and Time Grade 5&6 Parent Day

The students have decided to do the song "Tomorrow" from the musical "Annie" for our Celebration of Learning performance in December.

The children are working on a timeline for the events that took place in WWII based on diaries and journals. 

Many of our parents observed our classrooms for Parent Visitation Day! 

During our Parent Coffee, we had a PowerPoint presentation about the PYP Inquiry Cycle.

Grade 1 - Parents' Morning

Earlier this week, we focused on our first Line of Inquiry: Form - Families have structures and roles. Based on our homework about family members, we discussed how extensive our family is, compared to the family members we live with. We also wondered about our roles (jobs and responsibilities) within our family. 

While discussing our family members' roles, we came back to the idea that our family members take care of us. Many of us thought back to our previous Unit of Inquiry, Who We Are: Healthy Me, and thought about how our parents make sure to keep us healthy. Each of us worked on our artwork representing our family members and their roles. 

We also came up with questions for our parent interviews during the Parents' Morning. We wanted to know more about how daily lives change over time, and how important events (celebrations/traditions) differ from family to family. 

Today, with the help of our parents, we were able to ask our questions for our interview! We learned that there are many similarities and differences between the lives of our parents. We are looking forward to "sorting out" our knowledge next week!