This week we had a chance to share the learning from our current unit of inquiry ("We move in different ways and for different purposes") by presenting in the Friday Assemblies. We sang We All Go Traveling By, which we first learned and read before making a pictograph of the different ways we come to school. Some children volunteered to be speakers in our assembly and everyone worked on painting the different vehicles. We hope you enjoyed the show!
On our trip we practiced what we had learned about road safety. We were also looking for the different types of human and traffic movement we could observe, as well as the patterns and shapes we noticed on the roads and street signs.
When we returned from our trip we reflected on what we had experienced by viewing the photographs, discussing as a group, and drawing and writing in our journals. Here are some of our thoughts:
Different forms of movement:
We're also continuing to construct a representation of what we saw on the road using different materials in order to visualize our memories and of course...play!
In the coming days and weeks we will continue to view photos of the road and signs from our trip to see what shapes and patterns we notice.
Without teacher support, the students organized themselves:
Through their discussions and play, the teachers noticed many of our PYP essential elements in action. Some of the PYP elements that Ms. Alison observed being practiced include:
APPROACHES TO LEARNING (TD SKILLS)
Thinking: acquisition of knowledge, application, evaluation
Social: accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group decision-making, adopting a variety of group roles
Communication: listening, speaking, non-verbal communication
Self-management: gross motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, safety, healthy lifestyle, codes of behaviour, informed choices
Research: formulating questions
After watching the videos of ourselves organizing and playing soccer, we had a group discussion. We used the key concepts FORM, FUNCTION and RESPONSIBILITY to support our thinking. We wondered:
Eddie: Ballet is for girls because I've only seen girls do it.
Rui: No, Miria's ballet teacher is a boy and there's even one boy in her class.
Gracie: And there's a boy in The Ballet Class book.
Jay: But it isn't really for boys.
As our discussions continued some of our minds started to change. We wondered if a ballet class with our 'expert', Rui's sister Miria, would help us to further develop our thinking.
(The songs in the video are songs that Miria and Rui chose for the ballet lesson.)
After our lesson we reflected:
We shared our observations of the video:
Then Ms. Alison asked some final questions:
The enthusiasm for ballet is in full swing in our class right now and all of us have asked for the opportunity to do "more ballet please!"
Ms. Alison noticed that some of our cube trains used only 2 colours, while others used a mix of more colours. She asked us if we could separate them into two different groups. We all quickly noticed that these two groups represented patterns and non-patterns.
We then thought about what would come next in the pattern cube trains, wondering 'How do you know?' We followed this up with some cube train patterns sketches in our math journals.
This morning we had a visit from author Emily Lim. She shared some of her books with us and showed us how a book is made.
When we returned to our classroom, we reflected on the visit:
This helped us to think of the types of transport we use to move our bodies, as well as make comparisons and analyses between the advantages of different kinds of movement.
We worked together with K1.1 to create a pictograph of the ways our grade level and teachers travel to school.
Today we celebrated the world of books by dressing up as some of our favourite storybook characters. We had a pirate trying to escape The Pirate Cruncher, Rapunzel, Di-Di-Di from At the Night Safari, Bat Girl, Queen Esther, Benjamin Stilton, Humpty Dumpty, and the mummy from The Three Little Pigs. Ms. Alison had fun as The (not so) Grouchy Ladybug.
We enjoyed sharing our books with each other, parading around the school, and drawing and writing about our characters in our journals.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the parade and book fair!