This week our class completed an experiment in the kitchen. As part of our inquiry into Changing Materials we decided to find out what happened when we put plastic cups and cup lids into a hot oven.
This week Peace & Unity took our first field trip of the year to visit the new MYIS campus.
For the past two weeks our class has been hard at work growing beans in our patio area. Besides learning about the needs of living things, this activity has allowed students to work on Science, Research and Communication skills. Today our planting tub is full of many green, healthy plants, but it hasn’t been easy. The students have completed many steps to reach where we are today.
As part of our Relationships Unit of Inquiry, we explored the similarities and differences between our class members. To further expand on how we are similar and different, this week we shared our Family Frames. This sharing was the culmination of a transdisciplinary process combining Art, Math, Social Studies and Language elements.
As we continue our inquiry into Relationships we have started to ask “how are people the same?” and “how are people different?” This has blended nicely with sharing information about our lives with each other.
As we move beyond the first weeks of school we are digging deeper into our first Unit of Inquiry on Relationships.
Today marks the end of our First Week of School! It has been a busy period filled with exciting experiences and challenges. We have had a chance to see old friends and make new ones as well. The focus of our first week has been learning to work together and adjusting to the new opportunities and responsibilities that being a member of Peace & Unity brings.
During our unit of inquiry into storytelling, we have been working on telling and retelling stories, sharing ideas and presenting information. We have also had a subject focus on Art, both creating it and responding to it. In preparation for our Term 2 Celebration, the Peace & Unity class worked together on a performance that combined elements of Storytelling, Visual Art, Music and Literacy. All in support of furthering our understanding of how ‘stories can support our thinking and challenge our views‘. Read More
As part of our daily read-aloud during circle time, our class took a special interest in the ‘Knuffle Bunny’ Book Series by Mo Willems. Knuffle Bunny is a three-part story following a girl named Trixie and the adventures she shares with her stuffed rabbit doll she names Knuffle Bunny. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale is the first part of the series, followed by the sequel Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, with a final book Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion completing the trilogy.
This week Magic Years celebrated Earth Week. The Earth Week committee organized a series of events and projects that occurred throughout the week, culminating with an electricity-free Earth Hour this Friday, which also happened to be Earth Day!
In working on building our imagination to tell stories, we have been using LEGO® to “think with our hands“! Lego elements are instantly engaging to most children. The variety of bricks available enables children to participate in creative thinking and imagination, which further empower them to creatively communicate their thoughts and feelings.
Our fourth unit of inquiry in the IB PYP framework is Storytelling. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how stories can support our thinking and challenge our views.
This week we hopped in the bus and went to make some pizza!
As Unit 3 draws to a close, we worked as a class on our summative assessment activity: the creation on our Inquiry Board.
As we move through our Cycle of Inquiry into tools, the students have gone further than simply investigating tools, they have started putting tools to use in the Garden.