New Unit

Hello Parents,

Welcome to 2018! Can you believe we are halfway through the school year already!

We have begun a new unit: Sharing the Planet

Central idea: Living things have certain requirements in order to grow and stay healthy.

Lines of Inquiry: The lines of inquiry will be co-constructed between child and practitioner based on learner’s interests, curiosities, and wonderings.

Key concepts: form, responsibility

Related concepts: survival, living/non-living things

ATL (Approaches to Learning): Research skills and Thinking Skills

Learner profile attributes: Knowledgeable and Inquirers

Attitudes: respect, curiosity, appreciation

This is one of my favorite units that we teach. The process of researching living things and thinking about responsibilities we have as human beings to take care of our planet provides a wonderful foundation to build upon as the children grow and mature.

This week we began by looking at the name of our unit- Sharing the planet- and asking the children what sharing means and what planet means and who/what shares the planet together. The children were presented with a photo of the earth and asked to describe what they see. They mentioned: “Earth, the sun, planets and a lot of small suns, Saturn, Uranus, tiny blue moons,  and different colors.” When asked where we are in the solar system/Where do we live they mentioned. “Scotland, Montebello, Ireland, Indonesia, Aisa, Africa, Angola, planet earth, and planet that is getting closer to the earth.”

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