As part of our Grade 3 Who We Are unit, we studied our theme of “Cultures around the world tell the same basic stories in different ways.”
Students studied the five basic elements of a story – characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution.
Students were assigned a specific book and worked together in groups as they identified the elements. They also used their creativity to draw pictures representing the book they read. Furthermore, students gave a presentation on their “retelling hand” poster in front of the class. Everyone gave their best effort as they were tasked to give eye contact while speaking loudly and clearly for everyone to hear. Wonderful job Grade 3s!
Within our Grade 2 How We Organize Ourselves unit on simple machines, students are investigating how catapults use levers to throw objects. Students worked in groups to make their own catapults and then experimented with using them to throw small objects. Students were completed engaged in the activity and loved measuring how far their catapult could project different things.
Grade 3 students are studying UN SGDs as a way to help the planet. Within this, we are investigating ways in which renewable sources of energy are important as sustainable ways to help the planet as we combat climate change. Working in groups, students made models of six different kinds of renewable energy sources: 1. Hydro Power Dam 2. Wind Turbine 3. Solar Energy Panels 4. Geothermal Energy Source (Volcano) 5. Wave and Tidal Energy 6. Biomass Energy
Polar bears are powerful predators that are struggling in these times of climate change. G1 students learned during the How the World Works unit that living things depend on nonliving things for their survival. Polar bears need sea ice for hunting, resting after swimming, and as a location for mother bears to raise their young. Rising temperatures are causing the melting of the sea ice they so desperately depend on. Students examined this through an activity using polar bears handmade from paper clay, containers filled with broken pieces of ice, and a hair dryer to act as the warming air.
Comic Strip SDGs – Right now, Grade 3 students are creating comic strips as we learn about UN SDGs. Student chose which SDG to base their comic on, and then planned and created their comics. Students did a wonderful job of engaging with the material and displaying an understanding of how the SDGs are intended to be a way for people to help the Earth.
As part of our Grade 1 How We Express Ourselves, we are investigating sign language and non-verbal communication. Students learned to sign their own name in American Sign Language and now we are studying braille. Next, we will move on to an investigation of how humans use gestures to help themselves communicate.
As part of our Grade 4 How the World Works unit, students are investigating the concepts that energy and waves are all around us. Within that inquiry, students are studying about and learning to make serial and parallel electrical circuits.
In PE, Grade 3 students are working Developing upper body strength and coordination. Students are working on handstands, they’re getting better and better as their upper bodies get stronger.
In November, within our Grade 2 unit, Where We Are in Place and Time, students studied how housing, communications and transportation has changed over human history. Students began by investigating the Stone Age, and ended by studying the present day. As a final activity, students worked in groups to create timelines of the changes that have taken place in these three areas over the past 12,000 years.