Transdisciplinary theme: Sharing the planet
Excellence is now in their final Unit of Inquiry: Plants. Students will explore the Central Idea on plants and their contribution to the sustainability of life. Our two subject focuses for this unit are Science and Social Studies. Students will explore plant systems and other living things (Science). Students will also be given opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of interdependence, sustainability, and environmental resources through various projects and experiments.
What do all living things need to live?
Why do we need plants?
How can we be responsible towards plant life?
We will begin our Unit using a KWL bulletin board to ask students what they already know about about plants. It will be visible and accessible for all students until the end of our unit. Furthermore, students will be given full ownership of this board and given the choice to change and modify anything on the board.
(K-W-L charts are graphic organizers which help students ro organize information before, during and after a unit or a lesson. They can be used to engage students in a new topic, activate prior knowledge, share unit objectives, and monitor learning).
Once students have shown us what they already “Know (K),” we will be able to better gain an understanding of which direction our learning will go and what type of provocations we will need to prepare. After introducing a variety of provocations and letting students explore them at their own pace, naturally they will become curious for answers. Thus, students will at that time be asked “What do you “Wonder (W).” From here, it will be easy to decipher what students want to learn more of; thus, guide and support us through our three pre-determined lines of inquiry:
-Plants and what their needs are to grow
-Plants and how living things need them to survive
-Our responsibility towards plants in our environment