Last week we conducted an experiment with plastic cups. Using the scientific method as our guide: we made Predictions, then conducted our Experiment, made Observations and then shared ideas to draw Conclusions and make Reflections.
Since it is December and we do not get a lot of snow in Thailand, I decided to use some snow-like material in our Creative Construction class.
Students would focus on phonics, identifying letters, writing letters and identifying sounds. All with the help of our snow.
We have been investigating the properties and characteristics of various materials. To begin, we first choose various materials that we are interested in. We then make observations and gather data about it. Students made connections on how a material looks today, is not how it will look at another time. Things are constantly changing.
Each Friday our class travels across the playground to visit Mr. Direk in the Clay Sala. For the past 2 weeks however, we have had clay in our class environment as part of our Inquiry into “the changing properties of materials.”
Our time of the week to build and get dirty finally arrived. Everyone was excited to get to work and start building. Today’s class required us to make our building material. When we look at the many building sites dotted across Bangkok, we notice that they use concrete. Concrete is used in building many of the skyscrapers across the world. Although we would not be using concrete, we could simulate making this building material and then use it to build a strong structure.
We had two new students join our creative construction class – Arth and Pun. We began by introducing ourselves, even though we know each other from other class. It is always a great way to start a class and get our excitement level up. After finding a comfortable patch of grass under a shady tree, we sat down for a story before creating our bubbles bottle and blowing bubbles activity.
There are many quotes about homes, but a common thread among all of them is that we make our homes. This includes personalizing it and making it unique to us. Where we love and create is our home. In this lesson, we would create our own home and paint it to reflect ourselves.
Our second unit of inquiry in the IB PYP framework is Changing Materials. Students will develop a deeper understanding of materials and research into how people use different materials for specific purposes.
For a child, it is in the simplicity of play that the complexity of life is sorted like puzzle pieces joined together to make sense of the world.
Recently our class experimented with Teacher-chosen Peer Groups. A provocation designed to challenge students and see how they could use the relationship-building skills we’ve been working on since the beginning of the year.
We have just finished our first unit of the year: Relationships. One of the activities we undertook as a class was to create a graph sharing information about our lives and daily routines.
Creative Construction focused on building houses. Houses provide us a safe environment for our family and belongings. We make houses out of many materials. Originally we were going to only focus on building homes from natural materials, but unfortunately we started raining so we had to abandon our construction and move indoors. However, Mr. Rich had a back-up plan and we were able to continue building houses indoor.
The Peace & Unity Open House took place this past Wednesday. Thank you to everyone that took the time to attend. We discussed upcoming events, the current unit of inquiry, daily routine and information about our learning environments.
Each morning after the students have put away their backpacks and water bottles they have one more job to do before they head to the playground: signing in.
In extending our relationship building and going further with our Unit of Inquiry on ‘Relationships’, we visited the Excellence Class earlier this week. The Excellence Class were wrapping up their Unit of Inquiry on ‘Play’; where they planned for, designed, and created toys for others to play with. We were invited by their class to go in and play with them and the toys they had made. We were very excited!
Recently our school was closed for 5 days. To keep our brains and bodies active a letter was sent home with ideas for parents and students to collaborate on some home learning experiences: