January was a busy and exciting month with the Science Fair and then the Sports Day. Thank you parents for attending both and boosting your child’s morale.
Unit of Inquiry – How the World Works
Conservation of energy supports global progress.
Lines of Inquiry
- Different forms of energy sources (renewable and non-renewable) (An inquiry into the natural world and its laws) FORM FACTUAL
- How energy is used (transformation from one form to another) (how humans use their understanding of scientific principles) CHANGE CONCEPTUAL
In the previous weeks, we have been working on the various forms of energy. This led to our discussion of transformation of one form of energy to another. This week we are discussing how advancement in science has impacted the environment. It is connected to what we have been learning in class about renewable and non-renewable forms of energy. We will broaden our understanding of the impact of energy consumption and conservation over time, on individuals, society and the environment.
- Sustainable energy practices (the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment) RESPONSIBILITY PROVOCATION
In class, we have started looking at information related to sustainable energy sources and are discussing various perspectives. This helps to formulate ideas and thoughts regarding our usage. This week, we will also engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance regarding energy practices.
Math – Graphing
Last week in class we had fun making catapults, then we tried shooting different objects to see how far each landed. We collected that information and organized it to be displayed on a bar graph. We later analyzed the graph to see what information was obvious and what it seemed to be missing. We will continue to learn more various ways of presenting data.
We are also revisiting all that we have been learning in Math since the beginning of the school year. We will be using this knowledge to build our own Math Games for the upcoming Math event. More details will be coming your way through PYP Correspondence.
Students are thinking about various perspectives to make an informed judgment and enable us to make meaning. We are constantly using Seesaw to convey understanding. We’re working on paraphrasing portions of text or information presented on the media and other various formats. It is a difficult skill but a very important one. It means to express the meaning using different words, especially to achieve greater clarity.
Start by asking simple questions such as, “What did you do in school today?” or “Tell where you would like to go vacation and why you would like to go there.” After your child answers the question in 3 or 4 sentences, talk about the same thing by using different words but concisely and with clarity.
- Discuss the rules of some board games, card games, dice games etc. Locate some games, either virtual or real, analyze them with your child to select interesting information.
- Please watch this video and discuss with your child all that he/she has learned in class related to the various sources of Energy and using it responsibly.
- Engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance regarding energy practices.
- After your child reads something for the day, engage in a discussion with them with special focus on paraphrasing their words.
That’s all for this week folks! If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me via the school correspondence or send a note in your child’s diary. I have an open door policy and am always happy to accommodate you at the earliest.
Have a great week!